The study away process begins well in advance of your anticipated departure date. You begin during the fall semester of the academic year before you study away, and your journey continues beyond your return to campus. See the outline below for more information.

Fall semester of the academic year before you study away


  • Attend Mandatory First Step Study Away Information Sessions in order to have access to the Pre-Advising Questionnaire and Application  (view dates on CSA calendar)


  • Complete the Pre-Advising Questionnaire Online
  • Meet with CSA advisor in-person (required)


  • EARLY November request to open program application
  • Complete Application for Macalester approval, including:
    • Educational goal essays
    • Coursework & ISP/Internship Essay (speak with faculty/advisor)
    • Online Confirmation Form


  • Deadline Dec 5th at 11:59 PM
    • Submit any paper materials before 4:30PM in the Center for Study Away

Early spring semester:

  • SARC (Study Away Review Committee) will inform you of approval decisions
  • Center for Study Away will work with you on any next steps

The semester before you study away

While you are studying away

After you return