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Consider your academic goals, your academic and personal interests and career aspirations, and your academic preparation for particular programs. Explore the Stellyes Center webpages and the studyabroad.knox.edu website (the Terra Dotta application system you will use to apply for Knox approval for study abroad). Spend time on the webpages of the programs that draw your interest. You may start your application by opening an account in the studyabroad.knox.edu website at any time in the months before the February 1 deadline. Note that there is a small administrative processing fee for the studyabroad.knox.edu - you will only be charged once for the year (and so you can apply for several programs - for example, if you want to be away in both the fall and winter/spring!).
You will find program review websites that may be of help, but weigh reviews carefully and critically. Experiences on study abroad vary widely, and while some programs deservedly receive bad reviews, some don't - usually, people get out of a program what they put into it; patience with oneself and others, compassion, and a sense of humor go a long way. That said, IIE Passport is a good resource; and StudyAbroad.com and abroad101.com also offer helpful program reviews. Diversity Abroad is an excellent resource.
Aggregator web sites include goabroad.com and gooverseas.com: both contain searchable databases organized by mode of international engagement (study abroad, internship, volunteerism, and more), region of the world, country, language, and scholarship opportunities; both provide program reviews and testimonials. The Lonely Planet offers sound advice for student travelers.
As you plan for study abroad / off-campus study, consider Knox courses and programs that help to prepare you well for the experience of immersion in another culture and locality, such as Social Justice Dialogues (IDIS120 and 220).
BASIC STEPS: 1) Visit the Stellyes Center for Global Studies in Alumni Hall to pick up program literature and explore program options; talk with faculty advisors about your choices; explore the Stellyes Center for Global Studies webpages listing the pre-approved programs; research programs of greatest interest on the program-provider webpages; narrow your choices to a few programs.
2) Attend the Fall Institute information sessions - the Study Abroad Application Workshop is mandatory for students intending to apply for approval for study abroad in the winter term of that academic year.
3) Create your account in the Knox Terra Dotta system - studyabroad.knox.edu.
4) Select your program and complete the internal Knox application process for approval to study abroad on or before FEBRUARY 1.
5) If you are approved, you will then complete the external program provider's application for admission process—deadlines and application requirements vary, so you will want to explore the webpages of your chosen program's provider carefully and stay in good contact with the external program admissions people throughout the application process and (of course) beyond, as you prepare to go on your chosen program.
KNOX BARCELONA, BUENOS AIRES, and BESANCON PROGRAMS: There is only one application stage! The deadline is February 1. The Modern Languages faculty review all applications for these programs.
EARLY DEADLINES (start of December): Several programs (the ACM/GLCA Japan Study and the IES Oxford programs) have early December deadlines for the internal Knox application because the actual, external program deadlines are early in January.
PETITIONING TO APPLY FOR A PROGRAM NOT ON THE PRE-APPROVED LIST: If you want to apply for a program that is not on the Knox pre-approved list, you may do so. There are several steps: 1) You will need to complete the preliminary petition for a student initiated program in the Terra Dotta system (studyabroad.knox.edu) BEFORE the early December deadline. 2) If you are approved, you will then complete the application for approval to study abroad in the studyabroad.knox.edu system before the February 1 deadline (this is the internal process). 3) If you are approved for study abroad, you will then complete the external program application process—deadlines and application requirements vary, so you will want to explore the webpages of your chosen program's program provider carefully and stay in good contact with the external program admissions people throughout the application process and (of course) beyond, as you prepare to go on your chosen study abroad program.
There are three kinds of credit-bearing study abroad programs to which you may choose to apply:
There is a single stage, internal process for these programs, the studyabroad.knox.edu application. The faculty in the Modern Languages Department review all student applications. The deadline is February 1.
Knox offers a wide array of pre-approved programs. These are listed below by program provider and are listed on the Study Abroad & Off-Campus Study webpage by world region. There are two stages to the application process for these programs: 1) the internal Knox application for approval to apply (studyabroad.knox.edu) and 2) the external application for admission to the study-abroad provider of your chosen program (these external deadlines vary widely so review the application guidelines on the website of your program provider carefully).
Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (Hungary)
China Studies Institute in Beijing (American University)
College Year in Athens (Greece) (fall term option, as well as fall or spring semester or year)
DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Duke University)
Roger William University - London Program (Theatre and Culture)
Saint Andrews University (Scotland)
Sea Semester (Woods Hole) - beginning in the Fall of 2017, Knox and SEA Semester have an agreement that these programs, which occur on an unusually compressed and intensive academic calendar, will carry for Knox students the cost of a term and will provide 3 credits. Pay attention to the dates of each program on the SEA Semester website.
The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)
Washington Semester Programs (American University) - concentrations include American politics, foreign policy, global economics and business, international law and organizations, journalism and new media, justice and law, sustainable development, and professional development in Washington DC
Akita International University (Japan)
Flensburg University (Germany) (fall term or winter-spring)
And one more time! ... Deadlines: The Deadline for the Application for Permission to Study Off-Campus is February 1 (with the exception of the IES Oxford program, the ACM/GLCA Japan Study program and the Student Petition to Apply for a Program off the Pre-approved List - all have December 1 deadlines). Choose the "petition" program in studyabroad.knox.edu (the terra dotta application system).