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W&L Spring Term Abroad

SPRING TERM ABROAD is a special part of the Washington and Lee curriculum and experience. These courses allow students to get an up-close, intensive, and personal experience of the subject matter on-site with a W&L faculty member during the spring term.


While students do not pay a separate tuition to W&L for Spring Term, separate fees are required for Spring Term Abroad trips to cover the actual travel, accommodation, facilities and other educational costs.  While W&L does everything to keep these costs as low as possible, they can be substantial and must be borne by the student participants.


Because additional expenses will be incurred for Spring Term Abroad, additional financial assistance may be available for qualified students.  Loan assistance is almost always available; students with demonstrated financial need may also receive grant assistance.  All participants requesting financial assistance for Spring Term Abroad 2016 must notify the Financial Aid Office no later than October 23, 2015, and also verify that appropriate financial aid applications (Profile, FAFSA, etc.) are on file.

SCHEDULES and DEADLINES (Spring Term Abroad 2016)

Spring Term Abroad has a special structure, including a specific application process, its own deadlines of which you must be aware and must meet, and a separate financial process.  Please note the following important dates for Spring Term Abroad 2015:

September 22, 2015:  Study Abroad Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Leyburn Library.  An opportunity to talk to the faculty directors about the programs proposed for Spring 2015.

October 13, 2015: 7 p.m. Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons:  General Information Session for Spring Term Abroad 2016 followed by breakaway sessions with the faculty directors of each of the programs.

October 22, 2015: Applications due to the Center for International Education.  Students should notify Financial Aid by this date if they seek assistance for spring term.

Thanksgiving break: Award notification to students by Financial Aid office.

December 2, 2015:  Students submit signed Agreement of Responsible Travel and non-refundable deposit of $250 to the Center for International Education.  The balance amount of the program fee will be billed to the student account and may be paid in three installments by January 31st, February 28th and the final amount by March 31st. Only the deposit should be submitted directly to the Center for International Education. 

January 15, 2016:  Last date for students to withdraw from program without incurring full financial obligation.

January 22-31, 2016:  (Tentative) Spring term class registration through WebAdvisor is open and students register for their W&L spring abroad course during their registration window.

March/April 2016: Pre-departure orientation dates and time to be decided. It is mandatory for students enrolled in Spring Term Abroad courses to attend the pre-departure orientation.