W&M students with special interests or needs may opt for a study abroad program, either through another university or a third-party study abroad provider. Students work with Global Education advisors to identify the best program, and then apply and pay application fees directly to the provider and register with the Global Education Office by the applicable deadline. A $375 off-campus fee will be posted to the student's W&M account. Coursework appears as transfer credit, and grades are not posted on transcripts. Please read more about our transfer credit policies and procedures.
If the program for which you are applying is NOT listed by name in the registration/application portal at http://studyabroad.wm.edu you must complete the Petition to Attend a Non-Approved Study Abroad Program, 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 institution. All Winter programs must complete the petition above.
The registration deadline for all Fall, Academic year, or Summer programs is April 1 (or, if this date falls on a weekend, the prior Friday).
The registration deadline for all Spring and Winter* programs is November 1 (or, if this date falls on a weekend, the prior Friday).
*Winter third party programs must all complete the Petition to Attend a Non-Approved Study Abroad Program above. Please be aware that Winter programs must start after the W&M scheduled fall exam period and must end 2 days prior to the start of the spring semester. All academic work must be completed by the end of the program.
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.
Some programs require a signed form certifying your program is approved by W&M, and that you are eligible to participate in the program. These clearances require us to check your student ID number with the Dean of Students office to ensure that you are eligible to study abroad. This process can take up to 4 weeks. Please complete the online W&M Study Abroad Advisor Approval Request Form to expedite the process of approval to study abroad.
- 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.
- DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia: offers themed English-language programs in Denmark and Sweden
- 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, Latin America, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Southeast Asia
- 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 W&M; 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 and Global Education advisors during your application and course selection process.