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Getting Started

Students can participate in programs abroad for a semester, during a January or May/summer interim period, or for shorter durations through various service-oriented programs. Programs can be for credit or not, and can be led by Lafayette faculty (both semester-long and short-term) or offered through affiliated partners (e.g., Boston University, Temple University, Syracuse University, IFSA Butler, IES, SIT, CIEE, etc.). Lafayette offers programs to over 50 countries and through over 30 partner institutions.

Where to Start

There is a lot that goes into planning your study abroad or off-campus study experience. The Office of International & Off-Campus Education is here to support you through that process. This website provides additional information and support to help you navigate the planning, application, and preparation process.

All Programs

  • Eligibility – Click here to find out the eligibility requirements (i.e. GPA, disciplinary history, etc.) for studying off-campus.

  • Petitions – If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements or would like to petition a program not affiliated with Lafayette, find out more here.

  • Academics – For everything to do with your courses abroad and how they transfer back to Lafayette, click here.

  • Financial Planning – Click here for all information related to costs, financial aid, and additional scholarships for study abroad.

  • Study Abroad Fair – The annual Study Abroad Fair is typically held in September near the beginning of the fall semester. Once the fair is scheduled, information will be placed on the College calendar here.

  • Speak to an Advisor – To schedule an appointment with an advisor, go to the STAFF tab. Please note students wishing to go abroad on an affiliated program must first attend a Get Started Session (see below).

  • Program Search Tool – Click here to search available programs.

Semester Study Abroad w/an Affiliated Program

  • Get Started Sessions – Besides the important information above, all students who wish to study abroad on a Lafayette affiliated program (i.e. Boston University London Internship, IES Argentina, Temple University Tokyo, etc.) must first attend a Get Started Session. Click for more information and scheduling.

  • Affiliated Programs Info Sessions – Our partner programs often come to campus to provide program-specific information sessions for interested students. When scheduled, these information sessions will appear on the College calendar here.

Semester Study Abroad w/a Lafayette-Led Program

  • Featured Programs Page – Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the Lafayette-led semester-long programs offered (i.e. Lafayette Engineering in Madrid).

  • Info Sessions – Keep an eye out for information sessions related to the Lafayette-Led program(s) you are interested in. When information sessions are provided, they will be posted to the College calendar here.

Interim Abroad w/Lafayette

  • Programs & Info Page – The interim programs page offers information on programs offered (programs vary by year), important dates and deadlines, and registration instructions.


Some Things to Consider

  • Academic Focus: Oftentimes it’s better to start with a topic of interest rather than a location. While there are programs offered in over 50 countries, some programs are better suited for specific majors.

  • Language of Instruction: While you don’t always need a language background to study in a particular location (many programs in non-English-speaking countries offered courses in English), you may wish to consider if learning or improving a language is important to you, your academics, or your future career goals.

  • Duration: Your options include semester(s), full academic year, an interim term in January or May/summer, or summer through a non-Lafayette program.

  • Location: Programs exist in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Pacific, and throughout the Americas. Some locations are better suited for specific majors.

  • Cost: Program costs and financial models vary and the Office of International & Off-Campus Education can help guide you through the various cost breakdown. You may also wish to visit the Financial Planning page for further information.

Once you have an idea of a program or programs that interest you, you may continue on to the application process.