First Steps Info Sessions are held during the fall semester.
You will engage in advising before beginning your study away application. Why?
We want to make sure that you are able to find the best program for you that also aligns with Macalester’s objectives for study away.
The central goals of the study away advising process are:
- To help you focus your intellectual and cultural interests so that they dovetail with Macalester’s goals for study away;
- To provide you with the tools for comparing different program options on the basis of academic content and structure, cultural immersion, and cost; and
- To provide you with concrete suggestions for your program search from the standpoint of both program quality and educational “fit.”
What does that involve?
Create your Study Away Account
We will walk you through this process during the First Steps Info Sessions. You will log in to the online application using your Macalester username and password. Once you create your account, you will answer a series of questions to help you and your advisor guide the program search process.
Meet with a Study Away Advisor
After attending a First Steps Info Session and completing the intake process in your study away account, you will meet with a study away advisor to discuss your study away plans, ask questions, and talk about your goals.
What can I do?
Use the search bar at the top and the filters on the left-hand side to narrow your search based on program location, language of instruction, subject areas offered, housing type, and more.
Read evaluations from Macalester students who have participated in the programs you are considering.
Talk with professors
Professors can be crucial in helping you see how study away can be used. Talk about what makes sense with your intended major(s) and academic plan: Which semester is best for you?; Do you need to get credit for a certain type of class during study away (major, minor, concentration, etc.)?; If you’re planning to do an honors project or senior thesis, talk about how the timing of this will work with your study away plans; Will you do research while away?; How can study away complement your studies at Macalester?