In general, students are expected to select curriculum abroad that will complement studies undertaken on campus, in relation to work in the major field planned for the senior year.
Occasionally, a student will spend a semester overseas on a program unrelated to her major, but which gives her the opportunity to explore another dimension of her interests.
Wellesley College students are encouraged to first consider enrolling in a Wellesley-sponsored or Wellesley-affiliated study abroad program. These programs have been designed by Wellesley faculty with the particular needs of our students in mind. The Wellesley programs provide extensive pre-departure assistance, easy credit transfer and seamless portability of financial aid.
Students who are seeking a more independent immersion experience should consider direct enrollment in one of the Wellesley Exchange Programs. The exchanges are reciprocal, with students -- and sometimes faculty -- going to and coming from the partner university, enabling our students to develop long-term relationships with some the local degree students and to serve as Wellesley ambassadors abroad.
When researching programs students should consider:
- their academic goals and requirements,
- their language preparation,
- the level of on-site support they will need,
- whether they would prefer to enroll in courses with local students or courses designed for US study abroad students,
- whether it is important to be in a major metropolitan area or in an area where there are not many Americans.
Because there are so many options, most students need some help identifying programs that will be a good fit and will need to do a good deal of research and soul-searching. As a starting point, students are encouraged to:
In addition, the OIS offers information sessions and panel discussions throughout the fall semester as well as the annual study abroad fair, all opportunities to get first-hand information from program representatives and alumnae. Check the calendar for dates and times.