Semester Away: How to Apply

SAIC is aiming to resume the Study Abroad programs with our semester-long exchange program this fall 2022. Please read for more detailed information below. We will continue to review guidance related to COVID-19 protocols and consult with professionals in our planned destinations, and we will communicate any necessary adjustments, including cancellations, with program participants.

Applying for a semester away program involves three major steps:

  1. Research your options.

     [PDF] for more information.

  2. ​Apply to the SAIC Study Abroad Review Panel
  3. Apply to the host school/program

1) Research your options

Students are encouraged to begin planning for a study away experience early in their SAIC careers and ideally no less than one year before travel. Students must attend an introductory Study Abroad Workshop before meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor or submitting an application. Workshops will be announced on this webpage. Below is information for an upcoming informational workshop. Study Abroad also maintains a collection of past participant essays that are available for review.

Semester-Long Exchange Program Information Session
Wednesday, March 9, 20222
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Study Abroad will provide an overview of the application process and available programs for fall 2022. Semester away through one of SAIC's official exchange programs is one option to fulfill the six credit off-campus study requirement. During the program, students are enrolled at SAIC and financial aid is available. This program is open to undergraduate students who have completed 30 credits at the time of application. You can access the recording here.

Additional tips when researching programs:

  • Visit host school websites to familiarize yourself with programs and course offerings
  • Read past participant essays housed in the Study Abroad office
  • Brush up on your foreign language skills with Flaxman's web-based language tools
  • Evaluate program costs early to help you build a plan for funding. See Financing Study Away to get started
  • Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss

Diversity Abroad

Study Abroad strives to make international education an equally viable and accessible educational option for all SAIC students. If you are unsure if study abroad is right for you, we encourage you to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss any doubts or concerns you may have. In addition, the following SAIC and outside resources may be helpful in building your plan for study abroad:


2) Apply to Semester Away

Before applying to the host school/program, students must first apply to and gain approval from the Study Away Review Panel. Applications are due the semester prior to the proposed study away period: February 15* for fall semester away, September 15* for spring semester away. *If the 15th falls on a weekend, we will accept applications on the following Monday.

Please note that applications for fall 2022 semester away is March 17, 2022 for students interested in applying to Seoul National University, Zurich University of the Arts, and UCL Slade in London.

All other applications are due March 30, 2022 

 [fillable PDF—please right-click and download to edit]


3) Apply to host school/program

Students approved by the Study Away Review Panel meet individually with a Study Away Advisor to prepare the host school/program application. Review process, admission rate, and notification timelines differ depending on the chosen host school(s).