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Enriching student development

We sponsor a vigorous off-campus study program through which over 60 percent of juniors and a smaller number of students in other classes study abroad each year.

The program is administered by the Off-Campus Study Office and overseen by the Committee on Off-Campus Study according to policies set by the committee and the faculty; students earn Bates-approved program credit.

Off-campus study can greatly enrich student academic and personal development with expanded opportunities for academic study, exposure to different cultural and educational settings, and, in many cases, immersion language study.

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The Off-Campus Study Office oversees off-campus study at Bates. Managing an international transition, living in a different culture, and studying in another educational context can greatly enhance a student’s academic career and personal development. Each year, approximately 60% of the Bates junior class studies abroad or on an affiliated program in the United States. Smaller numbers of first-years, sophomores, and seniors study off-campus. In each case, the goal is to provide an intellectual experience that enriches and expands the student’s on-campus academic program. These pages are designed to guide students through the off-campus study process from start to finish.


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