All students who intend to study abroad for the fall and/or spring semester must be pre-approved to study abroad by Wellesley and also gain admission to their selected study abroad program.

STEP ONE: wellesley pre-approval

Major Declaration must be on file with Registrar
Proposal to Study Away must be submitted electronically for Class Dean review
WHEN? by December 1, 2014 for study any time during 2015-16


➔ STEP TWO: pre-application interview
Meeting with OIS Director or Assistant Director to discuss goals, program selection & application process
WHEN? by February 14, 2015 for study away commencing Fall 2015 or April 15 for study away in Spring 2016


Students are responsible for submitting applications and supporting documents for review directly to the program sponsor or host university. (In the case of  Wellesley programs, applications are submitted to the on-campus representative or to the OIS.) Most programs review applications as they are received, and students are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of published deadlines to avoid disappointment and to allow time to apply to alternate programs should they not be accepted to their first choice program.
WHEN? deadlines vary, but typically by February 15 for fall study abroad and June 15 for spring semester study abroad.


➔ STEP FOUR: confirm participation
Health Services Clearance (requires 6 weeks lead time)
Student Financial Services Clearance
On-line Pre-departure Orientation 
Regional Pre-Departure Orientation - December 3 for Spring 2015 travelers
Study Abroad Agreement - DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2014 for Spring 2015 travelers
(attached to your Study Abroad Application in myWellesley) 
WHEN? Approval for Study Abroad is not final until confirmation paperwork is complete. All students must be cleared by May 1 for Fall study abroad and December 1 for spring study abroad. Some items require substantial lead time, so please plan accordingly.



Contact Us

Office of International Study

Schneider Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Jennifer Thomas-Starck, Director

Mireille McLaughlin, Assistant Director



Schneider Center Rooms 216 & 217
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
See Calendar for Drop-In Schedule

Tel: 781.283.2320
Fax: 781.283.3618
Skype: oiswellesley

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