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Study Abroad - Guidelines and Application Process for Knox Students

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Choosing Your Program 

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 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 website at any time in the months before the February 1 deadline. Note that there is a small administrative processing fee for the - 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 and also offer helpful program reviews. Diversity Abroad is an excellent resource.

Aggregator web sites include and 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).

Application Process (A Two-Stage Process for Almost All Programs)

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 -

4) Select your program and complete the internal Knox application process for approval to study abroad on or before FEBRUARY 1.  

  • When making an appointment to complete the Financial Declaration form with the Student Billing Coordinator in the Business Office, email her in advance with information about your program choice and the term or semester in which it occurs so that she can email you in return to set up the appointment and research the costs beforehand.

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 ( BEFORE the early December deadline.  2) If you are approved, you will then complete the application for approval to study abroad in the 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:

Knox Programs

Knox in Barcelona

Knox in Besancon

Knox in Buenos Aires

There is a single stage, internal process for these programs, the application.  The faculty in the Modern Languages Department review all student applications. The deadline is February 1.

Pre-Approved Programs

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 ( 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).

AIT-Budapest: Creativity in Computer Science and Software Engineering (Hungary)


Argonne Science Semester

Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) 

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (Hungary)

Carleton College

China Studies Institute in Beijing (American University)


College Year in Athens (Greece) (fall term option, as well as fall or spring semester or year)

De Montfort University, Leicester, England - Direct Enrollment

DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia

  • Copenhagen Program with many tracks (architecture, biomedicine, child development and diversity, communication, computer science, environmental science of the arctic, European politics, history, global economics, international business, justice and human rights, literature, neuroscience, philosophy, prostitution and the sex trade, psychology, public health, sociology, sustainability, and urban studies


  • London Programs with many tracks, including public health and policy, arts, theatre, literature, business, global studies, history and politics, humanities and social sciences, media and communications. peace, and conflict and social justice
  • London Study + Internship Program



Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Duke University)


ISDSI: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (Thailand)

London School of Economics

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.

  • Caribbean Reef Expedition
  • Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
  • Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Ocean Exploration
  • Oceans and Climate
  • The Global Ocean
  • Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems



  • For the websites of all of these programs, begin on the SIT Home Page
  • Cameroon: Development and Social Change
  • China: Language, Culture and Ethnic Minorities
  • Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic
  • India: Sustainable Development and Social Change
  • Indonesia: Arts, Religion and Social Change
  • Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
  • Morocco and the Netherlands: Migration and Transnational Identity
  • Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • Nepal: Development and Social Change
  • Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy and the Media
  • Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding
  • South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • South Africa and Mozambique: Social and Political Transformation
  • Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy
  • Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Vietnam: Culture, Social Change and Development

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

Exchange Programs:

Akita International University (Japan)

Flensburg University (Germany) (fall term or winter-spring)

Kansai-Gaidai University Asian Studies Program (Japan)

Student Initiated Programs: the deadline for the petition to apply for a program not on the pre-approved list is December 1.

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 (the terra dotta application system).

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Printed on Tuesday, October 23, 2018