Center for Global Education FAQs:

1. Can I meet with CGE staff if I’m not on campus? Yes, we’re used to working with students and families from away. We’ll utilize Zoom, Skype, phone, email, or other methods to communicate. We’re open even when classes aren’t in session, except for Dec. 19 to January 3.

2. How do I make appointments with CGE staff? Students can make appointments via  BatesReach.  All appointments will default to a Zoom room, but we an also operate by phone.

3. Is the office still accessible by phone? Yes, the office line (207-786-6223) is available but please be patient as we navigate our new reality. Rest assured, someone will call you back if we missed your call.


1. I’m a sophomore interested in studying abroad next year…. Please review the Planning Process page and make an appointment with Mr. Das or Dean Gallant to discuss study abroad for next year. We’re ready to help you in your planning.

2. What about the Short Term requirements for the class of 2023? If you’re a member of the class of 2023 and decide to study abroad/off-campus on an approved program for Winter 2022, you’ll be eligible to have one of your two short term requirements waived. More information on the refunds that may be available are provided online here.


1. Is there anyone available to sign my I-20/travel signature or other materials? For the time being we will handle this on a case by case basis. Please email both Ms. Palmer and Dean Gallant and they will coordinate drop-off/pick-up as needed.

2. Can I speak with Dean Reese? Yes, of course! Send him an email or give him a call. He will continue his emails to his list, and it will contain his number. He’d love to hear from you.

Current as of Dec. 1, 2020

Karibuni/أهلاً و سهلاً/Soo dhowow/Добро пожаловать/欢迎!

The Center for Global Education at Bates College was formed in 2017 with the merger of the offices of International Student Programs and Off-Campus Study and has taken on the responsibilities related to International Student Services. The Center seeks to be the hub of global learning and cross-cultural engagement for students, faculty and staff of Bates. The following are the guiding principles that inform the work of the Center for Global Education.


The Center for Global Education provides advising, programming, and resources for international students and for all students seeking to study off-campus. The Center fosters connections between students, faculty, and staff to increase the exchange of ideas and the sharing of international life and experiences around the world. Through activities on campus, the Fall Semester Abroad program, and Off-Campus Short Term opportunities, the Center supports faculty in their efforts to make the global nature of a Bates education more explicit.


  • The Center is a resource for students, faculty, and staff to consider international issues, cross-cultural exploration, and global academic endeavors.
  • The Center will serve as a place where international students can seek advice, engage with all students, and help prepare for life after Bates.
  • All Bates students shall have an opportunity to engage with the Center; whether seeking guidance, services, attending programs, or inquiring about life in an increasingly interconnected world.

Core Values

  • Intentional learning with a focus on language study, academic experiences, and lifelong reflection on one’s place in the world.
  • Focus on culture with an awareness of and respect for cultural difference and a belief in the power and the challenge of cultural immersion.
  • Opportunity and equity through advising and programs accessible to all students regardless of identity or resources.

Photos: Budapest, Hungary, Lei Lei ’14; Varanasi, India, Heather Monty ’14;