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Apply/Register to Study Abroad

The Global Education Office at Reves Center for International Studies is the primary source of information to help you select, apply to, and enroll in a study abroad program. All students going abroad-whether on a W&M program or not must register before departing, so that the Global Education Office can communicate your study abroad status to all appropriate departments in order to retain your status as an active student.  Even if you have studied abroad before, a separate registration is nevertheless required for each program you attend. 

Study Abroad Registration

Attending a W&M Program
If you plan to study abroad through a W&M Summer Winter or Semester program, you will be automatically registered once you complete your online application.  Application deadlines for W&M programs vary, but are all prior to the registration deadlines listed below.

Studying through another Provider
You will submit your application directly to the program provider by their designated deadline and then register your study abroad program by the deadlines below.  Most providers will also 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.

Study Abroad Registration Deadlines

Students who wish to study abroad with non-W&M program must register (including submission of their financial aid paperwork, travel photo, and any additional online documents) with the Global Education Office by the deadlines listed below. The study abroad and CISI medical/evacuation fees will be billed to the student account. Please note that pre-approval forms are NOT due by the following deadlines.  However they must be submitted to the Global Education Office at the Reves Center by the end of the semester prior to studying abroad.

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 this Petition to Attend a Non-Approved Study Abroad Program, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE before paying any fees associated with the program or seeking faculty approval for the courses. This is to ensure that the program is eligible for credit transfer according to W&M policy which requires that credits must be awarded by an accredited, degree granting institution. Please note: it may take 2-3 weeks for the Registrar's Office and the Global Education Office to determine eligibility of the program for transfer credit and registration. 

Registration for non W&M summer programs is only required if students wish to transfer credit or use financial aid. If you plan to study abroad for a semester and do not register, students must request to take a leave of absence. 

Registration for non W&M semester programs is required.

The following deadlines are for non W&M programs:  

  • Summer study: April 1
  • Fall/Academic Year study: April 1
  • Spring/Winter study: November 4

Students who wish to register after these deadlines must petition the Committee on Exceptions and pay a $100 late fee if approved. 

Students wishing to study in a travel warning country have petition deadlines that fall before those listed above; contact [[smmitt,Sylvia Mitterndorfer]], Director of Global Education, for more details.