Center for Global Education FAQs:

1. I’m studying remotely, is the CGE still available to me when I’m away from 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 will not be meeting with students in person for the time being.

2. How do I make appointments with CGE staff? Students can use BatesReach for individual appointments. All locations will default to a Zoom room but we will also operate by phone. In-person meetings are available on a case by case basis and may meet in a different space.

3. Is the office line 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. What about winter 2021 study abroad? The CGE and Bates continues to support students in studying off-campus for winter 2021. The global outlook is very uncertain. We suggest you have a backup plan for if your winter 2021 program is no longer possible or advisable. Students should plan to register for Bates courses for Winter 2021.  If you have questions, concerns, or would like to talk about winter 2021, please let us know.

2. Should I apply for my Winter 2021 program/school? Yes. Please go ahead and apply to your program/school as soon as possible!

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

4. I studied abroad Winter 2020.  If you have any questions about the transfer of credit process please email If you have any concerns related to your program experience or credit award, please reach out to Mr. Das or Dean Gallant.


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 October 2, 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; Sète, France, Catherine Cluett ’08