Choosing a Study Abroad Semester

Things to consider in deciding upon which semester to study abroad:

    • Timing of courses required for major at Wesleyan
    • Sports practice/game schedules
    • Weather, events, and festivals at your study abroad destination

Reasons to choose spring:

Reasons to choose fall:

  • Spring term academic calendars tend to be more standardized globally
  • Following a spring semester students often remain in their host country for the summer to intern or build on their language and intercultural learning. 
  • Most schools have a substantial spring break, which allows for greater opportunities to travel
  • GRS: being on-campus in fall means a greater chance of getting first-choice housing
  • Second semester weather in many areas of the world is much better than in New England or than in the fall; in the northern hemisphere, days are longer.
  • Participate in a summer language program before your program begins
  • Consider remaining abroad for the entire year, if possible, in order to build on fall-term language and intercultural learning

Regardless of which semester you choose, you WILL BE ABLE TO:

    • Register for next semester’s classes online
    • Apply and interview for internships