Spring Term Abroad

Spring Term Abroad (STA) 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.

Program Costs

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.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available for spring term abroad programs.  This aid is completely separate from the financial aid you may be receiving for the fall and winter terms.  Students with demonstrated financial need will receive grant assistance.  To be considered, you must have a complete W&L need-based aid application on file for 2018-19.  Loan assistance is almost always available and requires the submission of the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions regarding your application and eligibility.


(Spring Term Abroad 2019)

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 2019:

September 20, 2018: Study Abroad Fair, 11 am to 3 pm in Leyburn Library. An opportunity to talk to the faculty directors about the programs proposed for Spring 2019.

October 9, 2018: 7:00 pm Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons: General Information Session for Spring Term Abroad 2019 followed by breakaway sessions with the faculty directors of each of the programs.

October 26, 2018: Online applications due for STA 2019 courses. There will be a link to the application on each of the program pages. The link will be live from October 10. Students can apply for up to two courses clearly indicating first and second choice.

Thanksgiving Break: Award notification to students by Financial Aid office.

December 3, 2018:  Deadline for students to confirm their participation in the program by electronic signature of the Agreement of Responsible Travel form on their on-line application (offcampus.wlu.edu) and deposit of $250.  The deposit is refundable only in case of medical emergency or if the program is canceled. Students who receive financial aid for the program can sign a deposit waiver.

January 15, 2019: Last date for students to withdraw from program without incurring full financial obligation.

February 5-8, 2019 (tentative): Spring term class registration is open and students register online for their W&L spring abroad course when their registration window is open.

Winter term: Attend pre-departure orientation sessions as scheduled with faculty director/s. View the pre-departure orientation video on line (offcampus.wlu.edu) and other learning content and complete assessment.

April 22 - May 17: Spring Term