Study Abroad

Semester and Yearlong Study Abroad Programs

(for information on Interim Programs, see below)

Eligibility:

Students on Disciplinary Probation Level 1 or Level 2 may not participate on off-campus study programs; additionally, students on Disciplinary Probation Level 2 may not apply to off-campus study programs, even if they will be off probation by the program’s start date. If a student is placed on Disciplinary Probation Level 1 or Level 2 after applying but before the time of departure, permission to study abroad will be withdrawn and the student will be responsible for any financial losses (such as deposits and other fees) incurred to date.

Students who do not meet these requirements may petition the Academic Progress Committee for exemption.

Application Deadline:

Lafayette’s internal deadline for submitting an application to study abroad – regardless of the deadline set by the host institution – is the third Friday of the semester preceding the abroad experience (typically mid-September for spring semesters abroad, mid-February for fall semesters abroad).

Application Process:

Students may only apply to approved programs. Students may petition APC for temporary affiliation for programs not on the approved list.

Students should meet with their academic advisers in order to discuss their plans and any outstanding requirements they still have to fulfill in terms of both the Common Course of Study and their major(s).

All students applying to study abroad must meet with Michael Jordan, Director of International and Off-Campus Education (208 Scott Hall, ext. 5262).

Students  apply to their chosen program(s) online, and must submit a hard copy of the application (but not including essays or recommendations) to Mrs. Banas in 200 Scott Hall by the third Friday of the semester preceding the abroad experience.

Financial Aid:

Any financial aid that a student receives on campus – with the exception of work-study – is automatically applied to semester or yearlong study abroad.

Passports:

Passports must be valid for at least six months past the end of the proposed abroad experience. If students need to apply for or renew their passports, they should do so as early as possible.

More Information:

Please feel free to contact Michael Jordan (jordanm@lafayette.edu) or ext. 5262 if you have any further questions, or consult the Study Abroad website.

Off-Campus Interim Programs

Eligibility:

Students on Disciplinary Probation Level 1 or Level 2 may not participate on Off-Campus Interim Programs; additionally, students on Disciplinary Probation Level 2 may not apply to Off-Campus Interim Programs, even if they will be off probation by the program’s start date. If a student is placed on Disciplinary Probation Level 1 or Level 2 after applying but before the time of departure, the student will be withdrawn from the program, and will be responsible for any financial losses (such as deposits and other fees) incurred to date.

There is no GPA requirement for Off-Campus Interim programs.

Registration Deadline and Procedure:

Registration for Interim Abroad programs is done online in the second or third week of September; an email is sent out to all students and faculty with detailed instructions.
Learn more about the interim abroad program registration.

Financial Aid:

There is a limited amount of financial support available for Off-Campus Interim Programs, consisting of need-based grants that cover approximately  75% of the cost of the program. Factors that will be taken into consideration include the applicant’s demonstrated level of financial need, the availability of loans, and previous study-abroad experience. You must be currently receiving financial aid in order to qualify for a need-based grant. Note that in the case of international students, their experience at Lafayette is considered to be “previous study abroad experience.”

Marquis Scholar Interim Award:

The interim award that is included as part of the Marquis Scholarship may only be applied toward an official Off-Campus Interim Program offered by Lafayette College (the list of programs to be offered in a given year is announced in April of the preceding academic year). This award may not be used to subsidize the cost of any other study abroad experience (semesters, summers, third-party short-term programs, etc.).

Late withdraw fees:

Any student who withdraws from an Off-Campus Interim Program for any reason after the stated withdrawal deadline (mid-October for January programs, late January for May programs) will be charged a $250 cancellation fee and will also be responsible for all non-refundable charges incurred by the College on his or her behalf, e.g., airfare, hotel, etc.

Passports:

Passports must be valid for at least six months past the end of the proposed abroad experience. If students need to apply for or renew their passports, they should do so immediately.

More Information:

Please feel free to contact Michael Jordan (jordanm@lafayette.edu) or ext. 5262 if you have any further questions, or consult the Interim Abroad website.

Disclaimer

Lafayette College reserves the right in its sole judgment to amend any policy or program described herein without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. At its sole option, the College may suspend or eliminate courses, academic departments, or degree programs; change curricular offerings, graduation requirements, and regulations on standing of students; alter its class schedule and academic calendar; or make changes of any nature whenever in its judgment such changes are desirable for any reason. The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the College and the student. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute acceptance by the student of the College's rights as set forth in this paragraph.