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 Off-Campus Study Information Session

Dean Gallant will provide an overview of opportunities and the process from planning to application.

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Olin Concert Hall, 7pm OR 8:30pm

Attend the Study Abroad Fair

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

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  Commons 221-2; 11am-1pm

Make an Appointment

To schedule an off-campus advising appointment, please login to BatesReach.


Watch the Online Information Session

Please review the entire online information session prior to your appointment.


At your first meeting, we’ll discuss


To best prepare for your first meeting

  • Consult the Important Questions & Policies  and Choosing a Program web pages
  • 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:

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

By February 7th:

  • submit the Off-Campus Study Registration Form

By end of March or earlier:

  • apply for Fall or Academic Year programs
  • apply for any eligible study abroad scholarships

By end of Summer:

  • apply for Winter programs
  • apply for any eligible study abroad scholarships