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.

Watch the online Off-Campus Study Information Session

This online information session will provide an overview of opportunities and the process from planning to application.

Live Off-Campus Study Q & A sessions will be offered in September, October, & November. Please watch the online information session before attending.

Explore Programs During Virtual Information Sessions

We’ll let you know about virtual information sessions via e-mail, the Center for Global Education calendar, and our new Instagram account. Try following the calendar or Instagram to make sure you’re not missing any interesting information sessions as they’ll be updated regularly.

Participate in the Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Connect with representatives of 30+ study abroad programs and universities abroad, all online!


Prepare for your first advising appointment

  • 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.

Make an Appointment

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


At your first meeting, we’ll discuss

By Mid-January:

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

By February 5th:

  • 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