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

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 2018 must notify the Financial Aid Office no later than October 27, 2017, and also verify that appropriate financial aid applications (Profile, FAFSA, etc.) are on file. For more detailed information on financial aid for Spring Term Abroad, please click here.


(Spring Term Abroad 2018)

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 2018:

September 21, 2017: 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 2018.

October 10, 2017: 6:30 pm Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons: General Information Session for Spring Term Abroad 2018 followed by breakaway sessions with the faculty directors of each of the programs.

October 27, 2017: Online applications due for STA 2018 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. Students should notify Financial Aid by this date if they seek assistance for spring term.

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

December 1, 2017:  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 (Terra Dotta) and deposit of $250.  The deposit is refundable only in case of medical emergency or if the program is canceled. The deposit can be paid either by check (made out to Washington and Lee University) at the International Education office in the Center for Global Learning or paid in cash at the Business Office. Students who receive financial aid for the program can submit a signed deposit waiver in lieu of payment of the deposit.

January 15, 2018: Last date for students to withdraw from program without incurring full financial obligation.

January 22-31, 2018: (Tentative) Spring term class registration through WebAdvisor is open and students register for their W&L spring abroad course during their registration window.

March/April 2017: 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.

April 23 - May 18: Spring Term