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Application Essay Prompts

Essay Examples

Application Deadlines

Study abroad: November 1 or February 1 for either/both semesters in the following academic year

Domestic off-campus study: February 1 - for either semester of the following academic year

Application Process

1. Pick an Option and Prepare your Plan (in consultation with an OIE advisor)

  • Study abroad: Use these prompts and rubrics to write the 4 essays that will form the heart of your plan
  • Domestic off-campus study:  Use these prompts and rubrics to write the 3 essays that will form your plan

2. Review your Plan

  • Check your essays against the rubrics (links immediately above)
  • Have your essays read by one or more others

3. Submit your Plan

  • Via the StudioAbroad on-line application system (access it using our Beloit user name and password)
  • Complete the other components of the application, including your course lists
  • RECOMMENDATIONS. Ask 2 faculty members and 1 peer to recommend you.  Share your essays with them, and identify them in StudioAbroad so that they will receive the on-line recommendation form to complete. 
  • Upload your academic record from the Portal into the application.

4. The day of the deadline.

By 3:30 p.m.:

  • Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to OIE for inclusion in your paper application file.
  • Schedule a 15-minute interview with a member of the Committee on International Education when you visit OIE (study abroad applicants only).

5. Once you have been approved to study abroad or domestically:

  • Apply for admission to the relevant university/program after being approved to study abroad by Beloit College.


Instructions for submitting second applications to universities/programs.

**NOTE: All secondary applications for Beloit exchange programs and ISEP go through the OIE**

**NOTE: From time to time and funding permitted, it can be possible to apply in September to study off-campus in the spring semester.**