Bates must maintain an even enrollment on-campus to ensure the quality of its academic program. This requires that the number of off-campus study applications be balanced between the two semesters at the February deadline. If the balance is not achieved, students with plans of study that meet one of the following five criteria receive priority:
- the program is offered only in that semester;
- the proposed study provides unique academic benefits, such as advanced language study;
- the proposed study provides special advantages not available through comparable courses at Bates;
- the semester selection is based on essential requirements of the major;
- and the plan of study provides in-depth exposure to a distinctly different culture or socioeconomic setting.
The Off-Campus Study Committee will select students based on the thoroughness of their application and academic rationale. After this process, the Committee will select students based on the thoroughness of their application and their extracurricular commitments. After this, students are randomly selected. With the exception of Bates Fall Semester Abroad, study off-campus in the sophomore year requires a compelling academic advantage.
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