Whether studying abroad with one of our affiliated programs, interning in Washington, D.C., studying away at a participating college in the United States, or enrolling in a faculty-led travel course, MCLA students have many options for studying away from campus.
Students who have studied away often speak of life-changing experiences in the areas of personal growth, cultural competence, and language proficiency. Marketing these experiences will also enhance your resume as you apply for jobs and graduate schools.
Am I eligible to study away?
Students should have declared a major in advance of any study away applications to facilitate course selections. Please Note: MCLA reserves the right to cancel a student’s travel plans if one or more of the requirements to study away are no longer satisfied.
Refer to the Study Away Checklist for further details.
Students typically apply for programs the semester before they plan to travel but may apply as soon as applications open.
Deadlines for most (but not all) programs (check for individual program deadlines):
Students apply online directly to their program of interest. Refer to the websites of each program for detailed instructions, application fees, and payment schedules.
Students apply through the Study Away Advisor, indicating their top five choices, and are entered into the NSE placement system (deadline for applications is mid-February). At the NSE Placement Conference every March, you are placed in the order of your choices (although first-choice placements are not always guaranteed). Participants in NSE pay tuition and fees to MCLA and room and board costs directly to the host institution.
Eligible juniors and seniors apply directly to The Washington Center after consultation with their advisors. Faculty sponsors submit an MCLA internship application for the semester students will be attending TWC.
Your MCLA financial aid covers some of the fees for your study away program, but you will be responsible for any costs not covered by financial aid. Please note that, with the exception of application fees, MCLA bills students for study away so that financial aid is applied.
Refer to the Financial Aid Study Away Tip Sheet for more information on how financial aid is applied to study away costs.
Our study abroad affiliates offer scholarships and grants; please note that scholarship deadlines may be earlier than application deadlines.
Please also refer to Study Abroad Scholarship Resources for additional options for funding.
In addition to documentation required by each program, students must complete and submit the following forms to the Study Away Advisor before final approval to study away.
Study Away Course Approval – In consultation with your faculty advisor/department chair
Copy of Passport
Special Note about COVID Restrictions
Although study abroad programs are operating in many countries, some programs may be cancelled for the health and safety of participants—until further notice. All study away participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID. Always check for COVID updates on each affiliate’s website and be sure to read the cancellation policies.