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Requirements to Study Away

In order to study away you must:
  • Be in good academic standing with no deficiencies. The junior year is the traditional time for study away. If you wish to study away in your sophomore or senior year you must petition the Committee on Academic Standing for permission. All students are expected to be in residence during the final semester of their senior year.
  • Have completed at least 2 out of 3 distribution requirements in each division. You may not complete distribution requirements elsewhere.
  • Have completed two writing intensive courses by the end of the sophomore year if you plan to study away for a full year. If you plan to study away for one semester, you must have completed one writing intensive course by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Have completed the Quantitative Formal Reasoning (QFR) requirement if you are studying away the full year.
  • Declare your major and discuss your plan to study away with the chair of the department or designated advisor.
  • Meet the language requirements of Williams and of the program.
  • Have completed all 4 P.E. credits by the end of your sophomore year. (Contact Carolyn Miles, Associate Director/Student Athlete Services, if you need to make arrangements for Study Away approval and completion of PE credits.)
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for most programs. Some programs may require a higher grade point average. Williams does not have a grade point average requirement for study away.
  • Have returned to campus after a leave of absence for a full and successful semester at Williams prior to embarking on a study away experience.
  • As a general rule, students can only study away for up to two semesters during their time at Williams. The only exception to this rule is if students choose to study away through Williams-Mystic. In this case, students can study away through Mystic along with having two additional semesters away (three semesters total). 

Language Study Expectation: 
Many, but by no means all, programs require 2 years of college-level language study or the equivalent, which can be determined by taking a placement exam.

Language courses taught at Williams are hyphenated; i.e., the work of two semesters constitutes an integral, indivisible course.  This means that if you are studying abroad for only one semester you are advised to take one semester of language at Williams in the fall before you go and complete the second semester while abroad.  If you decide to study the first half of one of the languages regularly taught at Williams while abroad, you must complete the second half when you return. This may be difficult to accomplish and is not recommended. If you have questions, you can contact the language department chair in the Center for Foreign Languages and Literatures.

You are required to study the language of the country that you are in the entire time that you are there. Language is an important piece of cultural immersion.