Step 4: Application Process
Application Process to Study Abroad
Step 1: Choose a Program
- Reflect on your reasons for wanting to study abroad, and then analyze the various programs offered by Fisher and our affiliates to find the one that best suits your academic and personal needs and goals.
- Look over the program descriptions on the websites of our study abroad affiliates:
- American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) - many programs
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) - more programs, including China and more remote locations
- Central College Abroad (CCA) - 7 programs
Step 2: Begin the Affiliate's Online Application
- Begin the online application process with AIFS, CIEE, or CCA. This usually requires you to pay an application fee of up to $100.
- Once you pay the application fee, the affiliate agency (CCA, AIFS, or CIEE) will then provide you with a list of tasks that must be completed (i.e. write a personal essay, have your transcript sent, obtain a letter of recommendation, etc.)
Step 3: Begin the SJFC Study Abroad Application
- Fill in the information regarding the program you are applying (top half of the left-hand side of the form).
- Meet with your academic advisor to figure out what courses you can take while you are abroad. Review the Core Courses Taken Abroad [pdf] document which contains a partial list of courses taken abroad and their past equivalency at Fisher.
- Things to consider when you meet with your advisor:
- Are there Core Requirements you can fulfill while abroad?
- Are there any courses you can take toward your major?
- With your advisor, fill in the information regarding the courses you will take while abroad and put an "X" if they will count toward the Core, your major, etc. (middle left-hand side of the form).
- With your advisor, fill in the information regarding courses you will need to take back at Fisher during the semester following your time abroad (bottom left-hand side of the form).
- Once your advisor has signed the form, turn it in to the Registrar's Office. If you are taking courses that will count toward your major, the department chair must also sign the form before you submit it to the Registrar. The Registrar's Office will notify you when the form is ready for you to pick up.
- Pick up the form and take it to the Bursar's Office for their signature.
- Take the form to the Office of Student Life on the second floor of the Campus Center to get the Dean of Students' signature. If you are applying to an AIFS program, bring the AIFS "Disciplinary Clearance Form" with you at this time as well.
Step 4: Finalize Both Applications
- Turn the completed SJFC Foreign Study Application [pdf] in to Dr. Costello by October 15th / March 1st.
- Complete the AIFS, CIEE, or CCA application.
- Return the waiver/liability release form signed by yourself and your parent/legal guardian.
Foreign Study Application Deadlines
Fisher Foreign Study Applications are due to Dr. Kathleen Costello in Basil Hall 108 by October 15 for the spring semester and by March 1 for the fall semester.
Please be aware that deadlines for programs in countries such as Spain, Italy, and France have earlier deadlines - October 1 and March 1 – to allow for the necessary time to obtain a student visa.