The Office of International Academic Programs is excited to have you back on campus and ready to help you plan your semester abroad! With the study abroad Declaration of Intent deadline (February 5!) right around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to seriously consider if a semester overseas is right for you. Luckily, if you’re still undecided, there are plenty of opportunities coming up to help you make your decision.
Student to Student Study Abroad Fair
Tuesday, January 27
DC Sunken Lounge
11:30-2:00 & 5:00-7:30 PM
Considering studying abroad? Not sure how the process works or what to expect? Now is the perfect opportunity to learn more about a particular program or country you are interested in! Student representatives will be hosting information tables in the Sunken Lounge and will be ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Mandatory Study Abroad Information Session
Wednesday, February 4
Planning on studying abroad for the Fall 2015 semester or the 2015-2016 academic year? Don’t forget, all students studying abroad are required to attend one information session prior to studying abroad. Not sure if studying abroad is right for you? No problem, come to the session anyway to learn more about how the process works! We’ll take care of those questions and concerns that have been on your mind.
Declaration of Intent
Thursday, February 5
Don’t forget, the Declaration of Intent is due February 5! The application process only requires two main steps—completing the Intent to Study Abroad Form and your Program-Specific Application—but it’s your responsibility to pay attention to all Haverford and program-specific deadlines. Check out the programs page on our website to see when the deadlines are for specific programs- some are right around the corner!
Lastly, just in case you need some more convincing, here are 5 reasons to study abroad, compiled by Jacque Fagan ‘15. Jacque studied abroad during the spring semester of her junior year at the University College Dublin in Ireland. She also works in the Office of International Academic Programs.
Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad
- You can see the world, which literally and figuratively helps in broadening your horizons
- You can gain a new perspective on your own country
- You can explore your heritage
- You can learn a new language in the country where it is spoken
- You can improve your professional and financial potential because employers look very favorable on candidates who have studied abroad, as do graduate schools
Questions? Let’s talk! Make an appointment with Dean Mancini, send me an e-mail, check out our website, stop by Chase 213 and pick up some program brochures, or come check out the incredibly helpful black binders. Write down all of those concerns/worries that you have, and let us help you sort things out. Remember, we are here to help you with the process, and there are tons of resources for you to use- all you have to do is ask!
Ps, start applying for a passport now if you don’t already have one! Your passport must be valid 6 months AFTER your intended return date to be able to study abroad. Check your passport’s expiration date ASAP!