Semester Away: How to Apply

SAIC will move forward with semester-long exchange programs scheduled for spring 2023. These programs are open to undergraduate students who have completed 30 credits. Information sessions regarding the application process and deadlines are listed below. The deadline to for spring 2023 semester-away is September 21, 2022.

Applying for a semester away program involves three major steps:

  1. Research your options 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 one year before travel. As we resume our programs, we know students may have abbreviated timelines and Study Abroad will do as much as they can to support students through the process. Students must attend or review the Semester-Long Exchange Program Information Session before meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor or submitting an application. Below is information for two upcoming informational information sessions. Study Abroad also maintains a collection of past participant essays that are available for review.

Semester-Long Exchange Program Information Sessions (Links to the recording is below)
Thursday, September 8, 20222
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Access the recording here

Monday, September 12, 2022
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Access the recording here

Study Abroad will provide an overview of the application process and available programs for spring 2023. 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 a recording here when it becomes available.

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
  • Contact Study Abroad with questions at 

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 21* for spring 2023 semester away. *If the 15th falls on a weekend, we will accept applications on the following Monday.

Please note that applications for spring 2023 semester away is September 21, 2022. Some partner schools only have one application deadline for the upcoming year and some schools may not be available for study this spring 2023. 

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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).