Where to Start

Wesleyan's study abroad process is outlined below. If you have questions or concerns along the way, contact the Office of Study Abroad for help.

  • Attend First Steps

    First Steps overviews Wesleyan's policies for study abroad, program eligibility, the application process, and more. All students must attend a First Steps meeting before applying or meeting individually with an advisor. 

    First Steps meetings are offered every half hour on MWF 10am-12pm and TuTh 2-4pm in the Office of Study Abroad (Fisk 201). Appointments are not necessary. 

  • Consider Your Goals, Identities, and Priorities

    It can be tempting to start browsing program options right away, but doing so without a clear understanding of yourself and your goals can be overwhelming. By taking some time to reflect early on, you'll have more direction and confidence in your program search process. 

    Wondering where to start? Check out the How to Find a Program page for advice.

  • Research Your Options

    Now you're ready to explore study abroad programs. Head over to the Find a Program page to get started. Some things to keep in mind during this stage: 

  • Apply

    Where do I apply?

    All Wesleyan students must submit a study abroad program application on ViaTRM. Depending on your program type, you may also need to submit a second, separate application directly with the program provider. 

    The only students who do not need to complete a second application outside of ViaTRM are those applying for a Wesleyan-run program or DIS Copenhagen/Stockholm. Also, exchange program applicants will complete an application on ViaTRM before being nominated by the OSA to the exchange institution. You will then be sent the exchange institution's application directly. 

    When are the application deadlines? 

    Wesleyan's study abroad application deadlines vary by program type and term. Please keep in mind that these deadlines may differ from your program provider's own application deadlines. You can find an overview of the study abroad program types here.

    Fall and Full-Year Programs 

    • February 22: Wesleyan-run, exchange, and petition programs 
    • March 1: Pre-approved programs 


    Spring Programs 

    • October 1: Wesleyan-run, exchange, and petition programs 
    • October 15: Pre-approved programs


    Summer and Winter Programs 

    • April 1: Summer programs
    • October 30: Winter programs 


    How many programs should I apply for? 

    While there are a few programs that are more selective, we recommend that you apply to no more than 1-2 programs. Unlike the college application process, study abroad programs are less selective and the eligibility requirements are lower. The vast majority of Wesleyan students get into their study abroad program of choice.  

    Selective programs tend to have early or annual application deadlines and higher GPA requirements. If you wish to apply to one of these programs, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements, apply early, and have a backup program just in case.