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Getting Started

  Diversity and Study Abroad
  Information and resources to help students gain a more comprehensive picture of the opportunities and issues they may face living and learning in another culture.
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For a complete overview of how to study off-campus at Hampshire, check out the GEO guide (pdf).

The global education office (GEO) is here to assist you at any point during your process of navigating study abroad. Below are some steps you can take to help you get started. 

1. Attend an Information Session
Get an overview of the process of studying abroad and the opportunities available.
Weekly Info Session: Navigating Study Abroad; Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the GEO (1st floor, Merrill Student Life)

2. Determine your Goals and Priorities
There are endless possibilities for incorporating study abroad into your Hampshire academic program. What do you want to study? Where do you want to live? Are you looking for coursework, field research, internships, etc? 

To find your best fit, we recommend considering these and some other key questions to assist you in choosing a program.

3. Research Your Options
Whether you want to find an internship, apply to a study abroad program, direct enroll in a university, or self-design a semester of field research, there are many resources available to help you investigate the wide variety of opportunities available.

  • Discover the possibilities
    The Study Abroad and Domestic Options section of GEO’s website offers an overview of the variety of ways to study abroad, searchable databases, and in-depth information on Hampshire Exchange programs and Short-Term Field Courses.

    You may also want to check out the resource library in the global education office. In addition to materials from programs and universities, you will find reports written by students about their study abroad experiences.
  • Talk to returned students and study abroad program providers
    GEO hosts lunchtime info tables throughout the year. See GEO Calendar for an up-to-date schedule of who's coming to campus 
  • Discuss your thoughts and plans with GEO staff
    Visit us! Call x5542 or come by the office to meet with a peer advisor or to make an advising appointment.

4. Academic Planning
We encourage you to start speaking with your divisional advisor as soon as you begin to consider studying off-campus. Not only are faculty a valuable resource regarding options in their academic field, they will also need to approve any academic work you are planning to incorporate into your program of study. 

5. Check Deadlines
Know the deadlines associated with Hampshire exchange programs, field study, and short-term field courses to give yourself plenty of time to prepare and turn in all application materials.

You may also need to apply for a passport, research financial aid/scholarship deadlines, and look into international health insurance so plan ahead!

6. Apply
Review application instructions and print application materials here.

10 Steps for Studying Abroad

Whether it's a study abroad program, an internship, your own independent research project, or any other academic persuits done off campus, this GEO Guide (pdf) will help you go where you want to go.

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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax 413.559.6173

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