Undocumented Students and Study Away

Undocumented students at Macalester are encouraged to consider study away, and the Center for Study Away staff is here to support you throughout the process. However, undocumented students do have a variety of things to consider.

This page includes information and questions that we suggest you ask yourself as you are exploring study away options, preparing for your study program, and while at your study away location. Thinking about how your experience might be both similar and different to other students is important. CSA advisors are ready and willing to discuss these topics with you during your advising session.

There are various logistical, financial, and legal considerations for undocumented students studying away, as well as considerations of what your experience will be like in your host community. In particular, please be advised that Advance Parole is no longer an option and that U.S. Customs and Border Protection have heightened security and increased presence within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders.

Given increased attention and challenges for undocumented students, the Center for Study Away staff is more than willing to work with you to find a domestic option that fits your academic and personal learning goals. We understand that currently there are not many domestic study away programs on the Macalester approved list, but the CSA staff will certainly work with you to explore domestic options not on the approved list if that is what is best for you.

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