Each year approximately one-third of W&M students who study abroad do so on a semester length program. These programs allow students the opportunity to deepen their relationship to their host cultures and allow for a greater length of time to develop intercultural skills and independence. W&M supports these programs by offering a variety of options for students through both W&M and various Third Party programs. Students have every opportunity to explore their academic interests with support from the Global Education Office.
To learn more about each distinct category of programs, we encourage you to visit each page.
W&M Sponsored Semester Programs
W&M has built special relationships with four different international institutions where we offer Sponsored Semester Programs. These programs are intentional in providing an immersive experience for students and offer one fixed price, and in several cases, direct W&M Credit.
W&M Tuition Exchange Programs
W&M has exchange agreements with15 international universities, which receive W&M students and send their students to our campus for a semester or an academic year. W&M students pay their usual W&M tuition and fees, in addition to the study abroad fee and CISI insurance. Housing and meals are paid directly to the host institution.
Third Party Programs
Many students opt to go on a Third Party program for their semester abroad. Typically W&M sends about 70% of students on these types of study abroad experiences for a semester. These programs are often popular with students looking for a thematic academic experience abroad, our out-of-state students, or for those looking to study in locations where W&M does not currently offer direct programming. These types of programs cover a vast array of experiences and types. Some offer direct enrollment at a foreign university, whereas others facilitate experiences specifically for students coming from US institutions to study language and culture and offer high levels of support. While these programs offer a wide variety of types, students can still expect support from the GEO insuring that their credits can transfer back to W&M, and pre-departure orientations to help them prepare for their overseas experience.