Apply for your Approval from Beloit College
The off-campus study application process has two steps: you must get approval from the OIE before applying to a program or university abroad. First, students apply for approval from Beloit College, then they apply for admission to their approved program or university.
1) Apply for Approval from the Beloit College Committee on International Education.
Deadlines to submit your application to study abroad the following fall, spring, or full academic year are November 1 (early decision) and February 1 (final).
The Committee is a composed of six faculty members, two students, and the the director of International Education. Your application is an exercise designed to ensure that your plan coheres to the College's learning goals for off-campus study, that you have a clear academic purpose connected to your studies, and that you will have the necessary preparation to succeed in your plan.
Components of the Application:
- StudioAbroad Application (Beloit user name and password)
- Compose 4 essays based on the following prompts:
Studies. A. How will your study abroad connect with your studies at Beloit pre- and post-study abroad? B. What is the argument for pursuing these studies at your chosen university/program, and how might teaching and learning differ from teaching and learning on the Beloit College campus?
Out-of-classroom learning. What do you plan to do outside of the classroom to get the most out of your experience abroad?
Preparation. A. Study abroad requires country knowledge. Please discuss one or more significant issues (social, political, economic, environmental, etc.) currently facing your intended host country. How might these intersect with your intended studies and learning goals? B. What are your plans for further preparation?
Social Identities. Consider your background and experiences, how these shape your perceptions and interactions with the world, and how others in turn perceive and interact with you. How might social identities, yours and others’, impact your study abroad experience?
- Three recommendations (2 faculty, 1 peer), requested and submitted through StudioAbroad Recommendation Instructions for Faculty and Peers
- An unofficial transcript from the Portal, submitted as a PDF via StudioAbroad and printed and brought to the OIE on the deadline
- A 15-minute interview with a faculty member about your study abroad plan - sign up for a time slot when you turn in your transcript
- Instructions for StudioAbroad Application
- Attend an Application Writing Session for an explanation of the application process and guidance in preparing your essays.
- Off-Campus Study Learning Goals: Keep these goals in mind while writing your essays.
- Read examples of essays that meet the high standard expected of Beloit College students:
- See the criteria used to evaluate essays in the rubrics below:
- Off-Campus Study and the Liberal Arts in Practice Requirement: Find out how to satisfy your LAP requirement through off-campus study.
- Sample Recommendation for Off-Campus Study: This is just a sample. Recommendations must be requested electronically through the online application system.
- If you plan to do independent research during your study abroad experience, you must have your project reviewed by the Beloit College Institutional Review Board (IRB).
2) After receiving approval from the OIE, apply directly to your host university (exchange and direct enrollment), ISEP, or program provider. See resources here.
**NOTE: All secondary applications for Beloit exchange programs and ISEP go through the OIE**