Study Abroad Application Process

Study Abroad Program Overview

Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of international experiences sponsored by Lycoming College, its exchange partners, and approved affiliate programs. Students should begin the process of applying to study abroad at least one year prior their intended time away.

Please keep in mind, however, that the emphasis of international education experiences is the STUDY part of study abroad in which students can earn up to one quarter of the credits associated with their Lycoming College degree. As such, Lycoming College has selected partner and affiliate international programs designed to provide high-impact enhanced academic experiences to complement our on-campus educational offerings.

Study Abroad Fast Facts

GPA Requirement: Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher in order to participate in a study abroad program

Student Conduct Requirement: Students must be in good standing in terms of student conduct and remain in good standing up to and including the study abroad experience.

Application Deadlines:

Semester of Intended StudyDeadline
Fall Semester and Full Academic Year March 15
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Program March 15

Cost of Study Abroad: The cost to study abroad varies widely depending upon the tuition and fees of the program, location cost of living within the region selected, medical vaccinations, and travel expenses associated with getting to and from the program.

Financial Aid Considerations: Students may apply any federal grants and loans to semester abroad programs. Additionally, Lycoming College participates in several direct tuition exchange partnerships in which students pay their home institution’s tuition fees and are therefore able to apply any home institution’s grants and scholarships to the study abroad experience with the partner institution. Programs for which Lycoming student aid travels with them to partner institutions are:

LocationExchange ProgramLanguage(s) of Instruction
China SIAS International University, Zhengzhou English or Mandarin
England Westminster Business School, London English
France Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble mostly French, some English
Germany Otto-Friedrich Universität, Bamberg mostly German, some English
Mexico Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Puebla mostly Spanish, some English

Study Abroad Application Process

Students interested in applying for acceptance into the Lycoming College study abroad program are to complete the following steps in chronological order:

  • Check your cumulative GPA in WebAdvisor to be sure that you meet the minimum GPA standard
  • Review Lycoming’s Study Abroad website to identify the program or programs of interest to you
  • Attend a Study Abroad Information Session held in the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences or schedule an individual meeting with Allison Holladay, Coordinator of Study Abroad and Travel Courses (holladay@lycoming.edu)
  • Schedule a meeting with the Lycoming College Financial Aid Office, (570) 321-4040 to review the financial considerations involved in study abroad.
  • Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your progress within your major(s) in relation to your interest in study abroad
  • Submit the Study Abroad Application Form, a two-page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to Allison Holladay, Coordinator of Study Abroad and Travel Courses The personal statement should address the following questions:
    • What do you hope to gain by participating in a study abroad experience?
    • What challenges do you think you will face while studying abroad?
    • How are you planning to finance your study abroad experience?
    Request two letters of recommendation from Lycoming College faculty members using the forms provided by the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences.
  • Completed applications will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee and students approved to study abroad will then meet with Allison Holladay to begin the next stage of applying to specific programs.
  • Once your application has been reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee and approved to participate in a study abroad program. Then complete the Study Abroad Course Authorization form and return to the Registrar’s office.