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Getting Started - Steps to Studying Abroad


STEP 1:     URGENT, TAKE NOTICE:  If you do not currently have a passport, you need to apply for one now.  Current processing times are 8-11 weeks.  If you are applying for a new passport, you will need to make an appointment in person at a passport processing center. Even if you aren’t 100% certain you're going to study abroad you need to apply NOW to put yourself in a position to go.  You must renew your passport (by mail) if it will expire before December of your senior year. Valid passport scans are due to be uploaded to your Holy Cross Study Abroad online application by Friday, 3 February 2023.   For passport information, visit
STEP 2:     Attend the Study Abroad General Information Session on Tuesday, 6 September at 5:00 PM in Seelos Theatre

STEP 3:     Attend the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, 7 September 2022 from 4:30-6:00 PM in the Hogan Ballroom: 
Students who studied abroad last year (returnees) will share their experiences, photos, memorabilia, and answer any questions you may have. Learn from fellow students what the study abroad experience is all about!

STEP 4:       

  • Research available programs:  Go to and click on Program Search in the left-hand navigation column.
  • Attend country-specific Study Abroad information sessions scheduled throughout September and October. 
  • Make an appointment to speak with the Study Abroad Director of the program or programs that interest you.  The director’s name and contact information is located at the bottom of the brochure page for each program in the online application portal.  You can make an appointment via the online appointment system by clicking on the Meet our Staff/Contact Info tab on the left-side navigation column at  
  • Interested in a foreign language program?  You will need to make an appointment with a language faculty advisor and have him/her sign the Certification of Advising with Language Faculty (CALF) form which the language faculty advisor will submit to Study Abroad before the application deadline of Sunday, 13 November 2022.  The language faculty advisor is noted with an * on the Department Chair and Study Abroad advisor document.
  • Decide on your first choice program (you may select an alternate/backup program) based on your interests, academic goals, and eligibility.  

STEP 5:  Meet with a Study Abroad Ambassador.  A number of students who have returned from studying abroad last year have volunteered to be Study Abroad Ambassadors.  Get in touch with these ambassadors and take advantage of their experience! 

STEP 6:  Talk to your academic advisor before making a program choice.  Consult with your major, minor or concentration advisor and the study abroad advisor in your academic department. 
STEP 7:  Complete your application essay.  Work with your advisor and a Study Abroad director to develop your goals and priorities for your coursework, co- and extra-curricular activities abroad.  The course choices, as well as your goals, will comprise your application essay for your first choice program.  Should you change programs, we will ask you to revise your essay based on the new program choice.
STEP 8:  Submit your online application:  Once you have determined your program choice, visit to apply.  The Apply Now link is available on every program brochure page as well as under the Application Procedure tab on the left-side navigation column.  You are applying for ONE program only - you have the option of selecting an alternate/backup program, but please, one application only.  If you would like to apply to two different semester programs (one in the fall and one in the spring), you may open two applications, one in each term.  

Applications for 2023-2024 academic year and semester programs open Friday, 9 September 2022
and close at midnight on Sunday, 13 November 2022


Office of Study Abroad, Smith Hall 216 / (508) 793-3082 / Fax (508) 793-3676 / email:

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