SPRING TERM ABROAD is a special part of the Washington and Lee curriculum and experience. These courses allow students to get an up-close, intensive, and personal experience of the subject matter on-site with a W&L faculty member during the spring term.
While students do not pay a separate tuition to W&L for Spring Term, separate fees are required for Spring Term Abroad trips to cover the actual travel, accommodation, facilities and other educational costs. While W&L does everything to keep these costs as low as possible, they can be substantial and must be borne by the student participants.
Because additional expenses will be incurred for Spring Term Abroad, additional financial assistance may be available for qualified students. Loan assistance is almost always available; students with demonstrated financial need may also receive grant assistance. All participants requesting financial assistance for Spring Term Abroad 2013 must notify the Financial Aid Office no later than October 24, 2013, and also verify that appropriate financial aid applications (Profile, FAFSA, etc.) are on file.
SCHEDULES and DEADLINES
Spring Term Abroad has a special structure, including a specific application process, its own deadlines of which you must be aware and must meet, and a separate financial process. Please note the following important dates for Spring Term Abroad 2014:
September 25, 2013: Study Abroad Fair 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Science Building An opportunity to talk to the faculty directors about the programs proposed for Spring 2014.
October 15, 2013: 7 p.m. Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons: General Information Session for Spring Term Abroad 2014 followed by breakaway sessions with the faculty directors of each of the programs.
Thanksgiving break: Award notification to students by Financial Aid office.
December 3, 2013: Students submit signed Agreement of Responsible Travel and non-refundable deposit of $250 to the Center for International Education. The balance amount of the program fee can be paid in three installments directly to the Business Office by January 31st, February 28th and the final amount by March 31st. All payments should be made payable to 'Washington and Lee University, Spring Term Abroad Program' and must indicate on the check item line the course number and program director name. All payments except the initial deposit should be submitted to the Business Office. The deposit should be submitted to the Center for International Education.
January 15, 2014: Last date for students to withdraw from program without incurring full financial obligation.January 22-31, 2014: (Tentative) Spring term class registration through WebAdvisor is open and students register for their W&L spring abroad course during their registration window.
March 2014: Pre-departure orientation dates and time to be decided. It is mandatory for students enrolled in Spring Term Abroad courses to attend the pre-departure orientation.