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Getting Started - Steps to Studying Abroad

Holy Cross Office of Study Abroad
~ Steps to Studying Abroad ~

STEP 1:     Apply NOW for a passport, or get your current passport renewed, if necessary. You must renew your passport if it will expire before December of your senior year.  Valid passport copies are due by February 1, 2020. For passport information, see:

STEP 2:     Attend the Study Abroad General Information SessionMonday, Sept. 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM, Seelos Theatre
STEP 3:     Attend the Study Abroad Fair:  Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM, Hogan Suites B/C, 4th Floor
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 study abroad 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.  2019 Information Session Schedule.pdf
  • 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 system.  You can make an appointment using the online appointment system by clicking on the Meet our Staff/Contact Info tab on the left-side navigation column at  To request an appointment with Prof. Smith, the Director of Study Abroad, please email
  • Interested in studying in a foreign language country?  You will need to make an appointment with your language professor and have him/her sign the Certification of Advising with Language Faculty form which you will then need to turn in to the Office of Study Abroad in Smith 216 before the application deadline.  The form is available in the Forms tab in the left-side navigation column at
  • 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!  Study Abroad Ambassadors 2019-2020

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.  2019-2020 Department Chairs and Study Abroad Advisors
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.  The application is a first draft and a process we work through together.  Although the application process is competitive, we want all students to study abroad!
STEP 8:     Submit your online application:  Once you have determined your program choice, go to 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 all academic year and semester programs open on Thursday, September 12, 2019 and close on Friday, November 8, 2019.  Get started soon!

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