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 - some programs have higher GPA requirements
- Receive approval from the Vice President of Student Life
- 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and Summer Programs: March 15
Spring and Winter Programs: October 15
These deadlines occur in the semester prior to your intended studies abroad. The Study Abroad Office accepts applications on a rolling basis, so it's never too early to start and submit your application. Students will need to apply to Elizabethtown College and their intended study abroad program. You should be mindful of your programs deadlines, as some are earlier than E-town's deadlines. For example, BCA Study Abroad's Spain and Trinidad & Tobago programs have a October 1 fall/year deadline.
Study Abroad Preparation
You should begin planning your study abroad experience one year before your intended program begins. To start the planning process you’ll need to review and complete E-town's 8 Steps to Studying Abroad. You should also talk with students who recently studied abroad, including the Study Abroad Office's Outreach Coordinators!
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.
You're initial E-town Study Abroad application is three simple steps - emergency contact information, passport information and an essay on why you picked your intended program. It's okay if you need to apply for a passport or renew your existing one. You do not need a valid passport in order to be approved to study abroad, you just need to notify the Study Abroad Advisor of your situation and explain when you will be applying for your new passport.
Applying for a Passport
Information on applying for a new passport and 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. This passport application and renewal 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. If it does, you'll need to apply for a new passport before departure. 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’s important to be proactive!
In addition to your application materials, the Study Abroad Advisor will also collect that Vice President of Student Life's approval for you to study abroad. We are making sure the applicant does not have any serious behavioral issues in their past that would prevent them from going abroad. We want the student to succeed academically and be a good representation of the College, while abroad.
The Study Abroad Advisor will also ensure that you met the College's GPA requirement of a 2.6.
After you've been approved by the College to study abroad, you will need to log back into your E-town Study Abroad Application. You will now have 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, housing arrangements when you return to campus, health insurance information, health and safety information, and more.
Apply To A Program
After you've been approved by the College to study abroad, you should begin your intended program's application, if you've not started it yet.