- Who can study away?
- Do I have to take courses for my major during study away?
- How long can I go?
- When can I go?
- Can I go during J-term or summer?
- How do I find a study away program?
- Can international students study away?
- When do I submit my application?
- Why is there a single annual deadline for study away applications?
- Can I choose which semester I go?
- Who reviews the Study Away Applications?
- Do I need to wait for Macalester approval before applying to my program?
Change of Plans
Costs & Financial Aid
Coursework and major
Incoming Exchange Students
- Where can I find information about spending a semester or year at Macalester College as an exchange student?
Any Macalester student can! Macalester encourages you to pursue study away as an enriching component of your liberal arts education along the path of global citizenship. The following majors require a semester of study away:
- Asian Studies,
- Classical Mediterranean and Middle East,
- French and Francophone Studies,
- German Studies,
- International Studies,
- Latin American Studies, and
- Russian Studies.
All students who wish to study away for a semester or longer must receive approval from the Study Away Review Committee. Read more about eligibility
If your major or minor requires it, yes. If not, you can include a class from study away in your major, minor, or concentration plan, but it is not required. Some students use study away to explore other areas of their liberal arts education.
You may apply for a single semester of study away during your tenure at Macalester. Only in very exceptional cases will students be considered for an academic year, and in these cases only on certain programs or in extraordinary cases where a full year of study is essential to the student’s educational program. Read more about when and how long you can study away
You can study away during your junior or senior year, as well as the second semester of your sophomore year. First year students, first semester sophomores, and transfer students who enter as juniors may not participate in study away (except January, summer, and special Macalester-organized programs). Read more about eligibility
Yes but the process and level of support is different than for semester programs.
Read more about January and summer programs
How do I find a study away program?
Read more about study away programs
All international students are eligible to study away at Macalester. Macalester financial aid can be applied to study away costs for international students in specific circumstances. Read the full policy financial policy for international students on study away
Submit your Study Away Application in early December during the academic year before you would like to study away. Whether you study away in the fall or spring semester, the deadline is the same. This means that if you want to study away as a senior, you submit your application in December of your junior year. If you want to study away as a junior (as most students do), you submit the application in December of your sophomore year. And if you want to study away as a sophomore, you submit the application in December of your first year.
The main goal of this policy is to achieve rough equality between the two semesters, which helps the college with planning and finances. By reducing the overall cost of study away, more students can take advantage of this excellent learning opportunity.
In your Study Away Application, you will indicate your semester preference. You will also have space to explain your reasons for choosing a particular semester. We cannot, however, guarantee that you will be approved for your preferred semester, as our goal is to have roughly the same number of students studying away in both semesters. Read more
The Study Away Review Committee (SARC), consisting of the Registrar and two faculty members, reviews and approves all applications. Read more about the application review process
Talk with your study away advisor about the best timeline for your specific program. If your program has an early deadline or fills up quickly, you should apply as soon as possible. Read more about what to do after Macalester approval
If your study away plans change, it is important to contact the Center for Study Away immediately. You may have the option to defer your plans to a future semester, cancel your plans, or change programs. Which of these options are open to you depends on the point in time that your plans change, whether a change is voluntary or not, and other factors. Read more about Change of Plans.
The Macalester credit you earn while studying away is determined by the number of credits awarded by the program or university you attend. Students studying away are subject to the same pass/fail grading policy, i.e. one course per semester that is not towards your major. The declaration of this grading option is usually made according to the rules of your study away program. If the program has no provision for pass/fail grading, the student may declare it in writing or by e-mail directly to the Macalester Registrar at email@example.com (copy to the Center for Study Away at firstname.lastname@example.org). Such an intention must be declared between the beginning of the 8th week and end of the 9th week of your program classes (roughly 10 working days).
The Study Away Review Committee’s approval is valid only for the specific set of courses and credits set forth in your application. It is your responsibility to adhere to this plan and to gain departmental and Committee permission, in advance, for any necessary changes. Failure to do so may result in the loss of credit. You are required to carry a full-time load of coursework (12 to 18 semester credits). Course loads greater than 18 credits must have the prior approval of the Registrar and are subject to supplemental Macalester tuition charges in addition to your program costs. Email any course changes to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
All coursework from a semester or academic year study away program, including failed courses, will be reflected as Macalester credit on your Macalester transcript. All grades are factored into your Macalester grade point average. Read more about study away coursework
Information for incoming international exchange students can be found online. Read more