Applying to Study Abroad for the Academic Year
- Review the websites of Approved Academic Year Programs as well as materials in the Office of International Programs. Read evaluations from students who have studied abroad in the past (available in the Office of International Programs) and contact study abroad peer advisers.
- Once you have narrowed your options, make a study abroad advising appointment.
- Apply to the specific university or program abroad that you would like to attend.
- Note: Princeton does not restrict you to the list of Princeton-approved programs. Many other interesting and highly regarded options exist. You may petition to attend an alternative program.
- Check deadlines!
- Fall semester or full year abroad: deadlines in December-April
- Spring semester abroad: deadlines in September-November
- Oxford/Cambridge: very early!
- For programs and institutions on the approved list that have published application deadline dates that fall after the internal Princeton deadline for applying for study abroad (November 1 and May 1), we have moved the application deadline up to the Princeton deadline.
- Most programs and foreign universities accept students on a rolling basis, even if they advertise a specific application deadline. As a result, popular programs may fill before the stated deadline date. Additionally, many programs are flexible in accepting applications after the deadline if space is still available.
- If you are an upperclass student, review program choices with your departmental representative to determine which courses can be counted toward departmental requirements and to make arrangements for the completion of independent work while abroad.
- Complete the Study Abroad Approval Process (deadline of May 1 for fall semester and full year programs and November 1 for spring semester programs)
- Students on financial aid should read the Financial Aid information Sheet (.pdf) and then submit a Financial Aid Form (.pdf) and a Budget for Study Abroad (.pdf) to the Office of International Programs.
Note: Once you have accepted a program's or a university's offer of admission, you will usually have to pay a nonrefundable deposit. You should also notify other programs that have admitted you that you will not be accepting their offer.