Apply To Study Abroad
Start making tangible study abroad plans and prepare to watch as your travel dreams become a reality. The Study Abroad Office is happy to help guide you through the application process and answer questions as you go.
In order to be eligible to study abroad, you must:
- Maintain a GPA of 2.6 or higher (Please note: some programs have higher GPA requirements)
- Receive approval from the Dean of Students
- Semester Study Abroad Students:
- Must be a second semester sophomore, junior or first semester senior. Some exceptions can be made for first semester sophomores and second semester seniors. Contact the Study Abroad Advisor to inquiry about exceptions.
- Summer Study Abroad Students:
- Students can enroll in summer study abroad program, as early as the summer between their first and sophomore year.
Fall, Year & Summer Programs
- Application Deadline: March 15*
Spring 2023 Programs
- Application Deadline: October 15*
*These deadlines occur in the semester prior to your intended studies abroad.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so it’s never too early to start and submit your application.
Students will need to complete Etown’s study abroad application and an application for their intended study abroad program. You should be mindful of your intended program’s deadline, as some are earlier than Etown's deadlines.
- Most Etown faculty-led programs have their own independent application deadlines, so please consult the faculty leader for the deadline. Some deadlines may be as early as the fall semester, before your intended program.
After you have finished initial planning and research, you can begin the application process. You will need to complete an Elizabethtown College Study Abroad Application and an application for your intended program, which can be found on your program's website.
Your initial Etown Study Abroad application is short and simple. You'll be asked to share emergency contact information, upload an unofficial copy of your transcript, and write an essay on why you picked your program of interest.
In addition to your application materials, the Study Abroad Advisor will also gain the Dean of Students' approval for you to study abroad. This approval ensures that the applicant does not have any serious behavioral or academic issues in their past that would prevent them from going abroad. We want all students to academically succeed abroad and be a good representation of the College.
After you've been approved by the College to study abroad, you will need to log back into your Etown Study Abroad Application. At this time, you will be able to download the course approval form, as well as submit your flight itineraries and review the College's study abroad policies and procedures.
During this part of the process, you will also be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. These meetings are mandatory as they go over essential information such as study abroad billing, food and housing arrangements when you return to campus, health insurance information, health and safety information, and more.
Applying for a Passport
In your post-approved materials, you'll need to upload your passport information. A passport is mandatory for all students studying outside the US.
Information on applying for a new passport or renewing your existing on can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. You can also contact the Elizabethtown Public Library, as they process passport applications, including taking passport pictures. The passport application process can take six to eight weeks. During high-volume times, such as around holidays, it can take even longer. We recommend applying for a passport no less than six months before your intended departure.
If you have a current passport, it cannot expire within six months of your return date. If it does, you'll need to renew your passport before departure. If you're unable to renew your passport by mail, you can use Elizabethtown Public Library's passport services.
If you need a visa to attend your program, you’ll need to have your passport in hand before you can start your visa application. It can take weeks to process visa requests too. Therefore, it's important to be proactive!
Apply To Your Program
After you've been approved by the College to study abroad, you should begin your intended program's application. Most study abroad providers require an application fee to start their application. This fee is typically non-refundable, so you'll want to be confident in your program choice, before financially committing to the program.
As a part of your program’s application, you’ll likely be asked for an official copy of your Elizabethtown College transcript. You will find instructions on how to request a copy of your official transcript from Registration and Records here.