The Planning Process

Listed below are the major steps in planning for off-campus study for the semester or year. Consult the planning timeline for a complete list.


Attend an Information Session

Information Sessions for all students interested in off-campus study at any point in the 2018-2019 academic year (choose one):

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Olin Concert Hall; 7pm OR 9pm.

Attend the Study Abroad Fair

Meet representatives of 30+ study abroad programs and universities abroad.  Drop by before or after lunch.

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Commons 221-2; 11am-1pm

Make an Appointment

To schedule an off-campus advising appointment, please see Shelley Palmer in the Center for Global Education, 9am-4pm, 124 Roger Williams Hall; call the office (786-6223); login to BatesReach.


At your first meeting, we’ll discuss


To best prepare for your first meeting

  • Consult with a faculty member about how off-campus study fits into your four-year plan of study at Bates.
  • Look over the off-campus study opportunities and explore the links to the program web sites.
  • Read the student evaluations of programs on the program pages.
  • RELAX!  You are not expected to have a complete plan at your meeting.
  • You may decide to remain at Bates — that is fine, too.

By Mid-January 2018:

  • declare your major
  • obtain signature of major department chair/major advisor on the Off-Campus Study Registration Form

By February 2, 2018:

  • submit Off-Campus Study Registration Form

Winter-Spring 2018

  • apply for Fall 2018  or  2018-19 Year programs

Summer-Early Fall 2018

  • apply for Winter 2019 programs

Check out the Study Abroad Handbook