W&M students with special interests or needs may opt for an independent study abroad program, either through another university or a third-party study abroad provider. Students work with Reves Center advisors to identify the best program, and then apply and pay application fees directly to the provider, register with the Reves Center, and pay a $275 off-campus fee to W&M. Coursework appears as transfer credit, and grades are not posted on transcripts.
If the program for which you are applying is NOT listed by name in the registration/application portal at http://studyabroad.wm.edu and you must complete the Petition to Attend a Non-Approved Study Abroad Program, contact Global Education Advisor Debi DeBacco (email@example.com) in the Global Education Office at the Reves Center AS SOON AS POSSIBLE before seeking pre-approval or paying any fees associated with the program. This is to ensure that the program is eligible for credit transfer according to W&M requirements which include that credits be awarded by an accredited or degree granting instiution.
The registration deadline for all Fall, Academic year, or Summer programs is April 15 (or, if this date falls on a weekend, the prior Friday).
The registration deadline for all Spring programs is November 4 (or, if this date falls on a weekend, the prior Friday).
If you choose to attend a non-W&M program, you apply through that program provider or university and then register with the Reves Center by the above deadlines.
If you wish to submit a late application or registration to study abroad, you must complete an Appeal to the Committee on Exceptions form. A $100 late fee will apply.
Third Party Providers
The following are just some of the programs that have been popular with W&M students in the past. Programs in bold indicates a William & Mary affiliate-- that is, a program with which we have an established agreement and whose services we particularly trust.
- Academic Programs International (API): offers semester, summer, and year-long programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, England, France, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, and Poland for students with or without foreign language skills.
- Advanced Studies in England (ASE): offers semester, year-long, and summer programs in Arts and Humanities subjects and enjoys close academic ties with University College, Oxford.
- American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS): offers semester, year-long, and summer programs around the world for students with or without foreign language skills.
- Arcadia University: offers more than 60 programs in 10 countries for students with or without foreign language skills.
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE): offers programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East for students with or without foreign language skills.
- GlobaLinks Learning Abroad: offers programs in Australia/New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
- Institute for the International Education of Students (IES): offers semester, year-long, and summer programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and South America for students with or without foreign language skills.
- Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE): French-language field study and internship programs -- offered in Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels.
- The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler): offers semester, year or summer study abroad opportunities at any one of more than 90 universities in 15 countries
- International Studies Abroad (ISA): offers academic year, semester, summer, and intensive month-long programs in Europe and Latin America, with an emphasis on Spanish-speaking countries.
- School for Field Studies: offers semester and summer hands-on environmental studies programs in five countries.
- School for International Training (SIT): offers semester and summer programs all over the world. Programs are thematically based and may have academic prerequisites.
- Study Abroad Italy: offers summer, semester, and year-long programs in several Italian cities.
- University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC): offers semester, year-long, and summer programs in a variety of disciplines in 24 countries.
William & Mary students may apply to enroll directly in any foreign university which accepts visiting international students. As a direct enroll student, you must meet all of the host institution's normal admissions requirements, including language proficiency; you are responsible for all aspects of your academic and residential life, just as you are here at William & Mary; and you pay tuition and all fees to the host university. Particular care must be taken to ensure that credits will transfer properly, so you are encouraged to work closely with your academic advisor and Reves staff during your application and course selection process.