Getting Started

Wesleyan’s International Study Abroad and Exchange Program is here to help you take advantage of study abroad opportunities available to you as a part of your undergraduate experience. The application process is designed to help ensure that your anticipated course of study overseas will also meet your Wesleyan degree requirements. Finding just the right program for you will involve a little research and planning, but you’ll find the rewards of traveling and learning abroad will be well worth it. If you’re interested in a program, begin planning a year advance.

  1. Start by researching the programs of interest to you. There are a number of options:
    Direct Exchange Programs: Wesleyan has direct exchange agreements with the following schools and programs: Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea, Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Taiwan, Osaka University in Japan, the Irish American Scholars Program, and Hiroshima Jogakuin University in Japan.

    IES Study Abroad Programs: Wesleyan maintains cooperative agreements with study abroad consortia AIFS, CIEE, and IES which provide access to a number of programs, colleges, and universities in places such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Australia, Argentina, and Chile.

    Faculty-led Study Abroad Experience: Wesleyan faculty members offer special study abroad courses, often during May term, in places such as England. Italy, France, Belize, the Netherlands, and Brussels.

  2. Learn more about the programs:
    Make an appointment with the Program Director to learn about Wesleyan’s programs and to pick up brochures and catalogs. (see Cynthia O'Donnell in Tate 227).
    Attend Wesleyan’s Study Abroad Info Sessions in fall and spring.
    Visit the Study Abroad Center in Tate 227.

  3. Consult with your academic advisor to discuss how a study abroad or exchange program can complement your degree program. You will eventually need your advisor to approve the courses selected for study abroad or a direct exchange.

  4. If applicable, discuss financial aid options the Director of Financial Aid.

  5. Select program for which you would like to apply.

  6. Fill out and submit the Wesleyan International Study Abroad forms by March 15 for summer and fall programs or October 15 for spring travel.  Additional deadlines will be announced.

    You should begin planning a year in advance. The forms are available in the Study Abroad Center in Tate 227. The completed application should be turned in to Cindy O'Donnell in Tate 227.

    The application needs to include:
    • general application
    • personal essay
    • application fee of $50 (to be applied to individual program fees)
    • letter of recommendation from Wesleyan faculty member
    • approved course equivalency forms
    • language proficiency form (if required)
    • terms, conditions, and release form
    • proof of medical insurance
    • photocopy of passport

    Students will be notified as soon as possible whether their application has been approved. In the case of a direct exchange or IES program, once the application has been approved, Wesleyan will then proceed to file the application with the specific program. Again, students will be notified as soon as possible regarding their acceptance and placement. Depending upon the program applied for, additional application forms may be required. Note: Wesleyan’s approval of a candidate’s application is not a guarantee that the student will be accepted by the program in question.

  7. Once you have been accepted by a program, if applicable, discuss financial aid package the Director of Financial Aid.

  8. Begin making arrangements for travel and visas. The Study Abroad Center can provide planning assistance if necessary.

  9. International students must satisfy the regulations of the Federal Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) pertaining to international students studying abroad. See Student Affairs and the International Student Coordinator, as soon as possible.

  10. Attend mandatory International Study Abroad orientation session held at the end of each semester.