Dean of the College

Study Away

STUDY AWAY CALENDAR *during 2013-2014

[Study Away Petitions Available on

PeopleSoft Self Service beginning January 6, 2014]

 Submit on PeopleSoft and copy of petition to the Dean’s Office, Study Away any time before

March 3, 2014 AT 4:00PM.


for study away *2014-2015 petitions:

(All sophomores must attend one Study Away Information Session and

complete a Study Away Questionnaire prior to scheduling a meeting with Dean McKeon.)

Wednesday, October 2 – 7:00PM Faculty House Downstairs Lounge  (WEPO only)

Wednesday, October 23 - 7:00PM – Paresky Auditorium

Thursday, November 21 - Spring Pre-Departure Meeting (students away for spring 2014) - 4:00PM  - Paresky Auditorium

Wednesday, February 12, 2014CANCELLED February Info Session Cancellation Message


(Walk-in hours are subject to change; notification will be made on Campus Messages and WSO)

Monday, 9:30-11:30AM

Tuesday, 1:00-2:30PM

Wednesday, 2:00-4:00PM

Thursday, 9:30-11:30AM

Please check in when you arrive in the Dean’s Office for a walk-in meeing.

Schedule a meeting with Dean McKeon:  contact Karen Ryan at 597-4262


Overview of Study Away Process:

  • Sophomores should consider the option of junior year away as they begin the process of considering major fields and course requirements.  Students may study at another college or university, in this country or abroad, during their undergraduate education.
  • Getting started:  (1) Consider whether you want to study abroad or domestically. (2) Review this website thoroughly.  All questions you may have are covered here. Consult faculty members with expertise in the area or region of interest. (3) Browse through the reference library and evaluations of programs from former students  in the Dean’s Office. (4) Attend a General Information Session hosted by Dean Laura McKeon. (5) Meet with Dean McKeon to discuss where you’re interested to study in your junior year. All students interested in studying away and submitting a petition to do so must meet with Dean McKeon by April 1 for fall or full year away, and by April 15 for spring away, of their sophomore year.
  • All students in good standing with no deficiencies, including financial aid recipients, may study away on approved programs during all or part of their junior year.   Financial aid is available for eligible recipients, but students must confer with that office. Academic credit is earned after evidence of the satisfactory completion of the program with courses in the liberal arts only. A student wishing to enroll in another institution or program in this country or abroad, and to transfer credits earned on this program to Williams, must consult with Dean McKeon and the appropriate department chair early in the Fall Semester of the sophomore year.  Students wishing to study away for any portion of the junior year must submit a study away petition to Dean McKeon by the March deadline of the sophomore year.
  • If you receive academic or other accommodations at Williams for a disability, you can request those while away from Williams as well (although you are not required to do so). To explore this option, talk with Dr. Joyce Foster, Director of Academic Resources, well in advance of departing for your program, so that she can provide a letter to your program explaining the accommodations you receive at Williams.
  • When a student has decided to accept an offer of admission from a program, he or she must notify the Dean’s Office. Email confirmation of your intent to study away to studyaway@williams.edu and include the program name, country, and exact dates of the program.  The Committee on Academic Standing will make a final decision at that time. Students must attend a pre-departure meeting and meet all the guidelines as instructed. Upon return to Williams, students are required to complete a program evaluation form before they can receive Study Away credit on their Williams transcript and meet with Dean McKeon.