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Important Steps Before Applying

1. Attend an information session

Get an overview of the process of studying abroad and the opportunities available at our weekly info session:
Navigating Study Abroad; Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the GEO (1st floor, Merrill Student Life). 

To learn about other upcoming events view GEO’s Calendar.

2. Determine your goals and priorities

There are endless possibilities for incorporating study abroad into your Hampshire academic program. To find your best fit, we recommend considering the key questions listed under 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.
  • Talk to returned students and study abroad program providers: GEO hosts lunchtime info tables throughout the year. See GEO's Calendar for an up-to-date schedule of who's coming to campus 
  • Determine eligibility requirements and prerequisites: Hampshire’s eligibility requirements for off-campus study are listed in the Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Course section of the Hampshire College Handbook. Each program may have its own eligibility restrictions and prerequisites.  Reviewing these early will enable you to plan ahead.
  • Develop a budget: Review program costs, understand how your financial aid may apply, and learn about scholarships, grants and other funding options under Finances and Funding.

4. Get others on board

  • Faculty Advisors: 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. 
  • The global education office (GEO): We have a breadth of experience and knowledge about Hampshire’s programs as well as the wide variety of opportunities that are available to you. We can work with you to find a program that meets your personal and academic goals, fits within your budget, and meets any special needs or concerns you may have.
  • The center for academic support and advising (CASA): Make sure you meet with an advisor in CASA to discuss your plans and make sure you will meet academic eligibility and divisional requirements.

5. Check deadlines

Review Hampshire’s deadlines for Exchange programs, Field Study, or Short-term Field courses, program specific deadlines, passport application deadlines, and financial aid/scholarship deadlines. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare and turn in all application materials.

6. Understand the application requirements

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