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Meaghan Bellande

Meaghan Bellande

Assistant Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services


Meaghan Bellande

Meaghan Bellande

Assistant Director of Study Abroad and International Student Services

IMPORTANT: Do not apply for a study abroad/away program without pre-approval by The Office of Study Abroad & International Student Services at Southwestern. Credit transfer and financial aid may be jeopardized if prior approval for a program is not granted.

  • The Office of the Registrar will not award academic credit for coursework taken on a program (including virtual programs) without pre-approval.
  • Students may not study abroad during a Leave of Absence.

General Eligibility Requirements for Study Abroad:

  • Have established a GPA at Southwestern of 2.0 or higher - must be established before leaving to study abroad 
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university
  • Be enrolled full-time during the semester before study abroad
  • Have completed at least two semesters of college before study abroad
  • Clear any negative balances on student account before leaving to study abroad
  • Meet any program-specific requirements for the program to which you apply
Worried you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for study abroad? Contact our office at

Prior to applying, all applicants must:

  • Attend at least one advising session with the Office of Study Abroad and International Student Services through:
    • Group Advising
    • One-on-One Advising
    • Faculty-led Information Session
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss study abroad plans
  • Review and prepare the appropriate application materials:
    • Preview the SU General Study Abroad/Away Application HERE
    • Preview the SU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Application HERE

Application Deadlines:

  • September 1st - Spring ISEP, Spring CHIP, & Spring NYAP
  • October 1st - Spring Program Providers
  • December 1st - SU Faculty-Led Summer Programs (application to open October 1st)
  • February 1st - Summer Program Providers, Fall ISEP, Fall CHIP, & Fall NYAP
  • March 1st - Fall Program Providers, SU London Semester (application to open October 1st)

SU General Study Abroad/Away Application

New software coming soon!
SU Application will be available October 1, 2021 for:
  • Faculty-led Programs 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022

Faculty-led Application essay:

250 word essay addressing:

  • Discuss your personal goals for studying abroad on this particular program and what challenges you anticipate (i.e. connections to identity, language, cultural differences, etc.).
Paideia scholarship essay:

700 word cohesive essay addressing:

  • How does this study abroad program fit your personal and professional goals? Please specifically address how your study abroad program fits your intended/declared major(s), and/or your intended future career. 
  • What sorts of learning experiences, relationships, abilities, would you like to cultivate? How can study abroad contribute to fulfilling your vision? 
  • What kinds of connections can you anticipate making between a class or a class concept and your experience abroad?