Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
The Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) home page has information on applying to the program.
When are the application deadlines?
Deadlines for fall, spring, and year-long programs are in late fall and late spring of the sophomore year for participation in the same semester during junior year. The actual dates are available on the SAGE home page.
Do I have to declare my major before I apply?
No. Students will need to declare their major before participating on the program but not before applying. Scripps students declare their major in April of sophomore year, well after the fall program deadlines. Students propose courses in their planned major when completing the application for fall programs so a change in major may require a new set of classes to be approved for the chosen major department.
“I am pre-med,” or “I am a science/music/double/dual/fill-in-the-blank major, will I be able to participate in a study away program?”
Prognosis: Excellent! Some majors do require more intentional planning so the earlier you start discussing this with faculty advisers, the pre-health adviser and study abroad staff, the more options will be possible. A good time to discuss and update your faculty adviser on your plans is during pre-registration advising each semester. For science and pre-med majors, a special presentation to go over the various strategies for fitting in a semester away is offered at Keck Science in September and first-year students are especially encouraged to attend. There are university-based programs with science classes as an option, or some of the community-based programs have a thematic focus in areas such as public health, sustainability, or wildlife and resource management that work well for those interested in pursuing science. Some students choose to concentrate on their major courses in the sciences here on campus and then take some of their general education requirements or graduation electives while away.
What if I am interested in a program that is not approved by Scripps College?
Students are encouraged to first consider the programs which have been approved by the Committee on Study Abroad (COSA). These programs have been determined to match the College’s curriculum and goals. Approved programs have been reviewed through a visit by a Scripps faculty member or a series of Scripps students attending with successful experiences. These programs have an established record of strong student support services and careful attention to matters of health and safety.
If the approved programs do not provide an appropriate academic option, a student may petition COSA for permission to apply to an unapproved program or for other exceptions to SAGE policies. Students are responsible for carefully researching the program themselves with a set of questions to use in the required interview of a former participant. Petition instructions will be available at the student’s individual SAGE advising appointment after attending one of the mandatory information sessions offered weekly in the first half of each semester. Petition deadlines are earlier than the application deadline and are listed on the SAGE home page.
Should I submit two applications in case I am not accepted to my first choice?
There is a strong likelihood that Scripps students will be accepted into their first choice programs due to in large part the pre-application advising and the early application deadlines. In rare cases, for a highly competitive program, submitting two applications may be recommended.
After the completed Scripps SAGE application is submitted, what happens?
COSA must approve the students plan to participate in a semester away. Once approved, the Scripps SAGE office will forward an official transcript, faculty recommendations and foreign language evaluation and the pre-approval form directly to the program provider. The student will then be responsible for completing the remaining parts of the program provider’s application, usually on-line and pay any program application fee. Students will be notified by the program sponsor of their final acceptance.
What is the cost of participation?
Check here for the costs of participating in a study abroad or semester internship program. Participation in a SAGE program equals the comprehensive fees for tuition, room and board at Scripps.
If I am on financial aid and/or receiving merit scholarships, are these funds available when away?
As long as you are approved by the Committee on Study Abroad (COSA), pay Scripps comprehensive fees and enroll full-time in an approved semester program, the scholarship awards, grants and loans you receive can be used for study away. Work study is a federal program and the awards are only possible while in the United States. However, you may be able to work additional hours on campus before or after the semester away to earn a larger portion of the funds in your semester on campus. Consult the Financial Aid Office for full details on any of your financial aid questions.
Are there any other sources of funding designated for study abroad?
Students are encouraged to pursue all funding resources, including possible merit and need-based financial assistance offered by the program sponsor so you may want to consider this when choosing between programs. There are a few other scholarships specific to study abroad through the US government and other organizations. Discuss this with the SAGE staff in your individual advising appointment. Deadlines are often a semester in advance of the program dates so check early. We have gathered information on other sources of funding here. Let us know if you learn of others so we can add this for future students.