Amherst Forms & Deadlines

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All students who plan to spend a semester or year on study away must complete the Study Away Approval Checklist, available online on the Amherst College Travel Registry by April 1. The checklist must be complete to transfer credit and financial aid.

Petition a Non-approved Program

In addition to the Study Away Approval Checklist, students interested in attending a non-approved program or who wish to participate in a lower level language tracks on a pre-approved advanced language program must submit a petition. Please read about petitioning and, at least two weeks in advance of the petition deadlines, schedule a meeting with an adviser in the Global Education Office.

  • Study Away Approval Checklist Part 1 (all semesters): April 1 
  • Petition for Fall Programs: April 1
  • Petition for Spring Programs: October 1

Program Applications & Deadlines

Students apply to programs directly through the program websites. This typically happens the semester prior to studying off-campus, though there are exceptions! It is the student's responsibility to track program deadlines and gather application materials. Each application will vary, but these are the most common documents requested for a program application. If you have specific questions about requirements for a program application, please direct them to the program.

  • Copy of your transcript
    • If they require an official copy, you can request it online from the Registrar's Office.
  • Home school nomination/advisor form
    • This form should be completed by the Global Education Office. You may send them to GEO[at] or drop them off to Converse 202.
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
    • The program should specify from whom they would prefer to receive this recommendation. If you're applying to a language-focused program, they will likely want a recommendation from a recent language professor.
  • Personal statement
    • If you would like someone to review your personal statement prior to submitting your application, please visit the Writing Center.