Lafayette College does not maintain a list of pre-approved or affiliated programs for winter and summer interim study abroad. Students may select from the wide range of programs available, provided that the program:

  • does not duplicate a program being offered by Lafayette during that term, 
  • offers a US transcript or has a US School of Record,
  • and has Lafayette academic advisor and department head approval on the transfer credit petition form prior to their application. More information on the course approval process can be found here. If participation is not pre-approved by a department head, Lafayette may not accept the credits.

Grades earned on external winter and summer programs are not recorded, however, transfer credit may be applied. Review the full transfer policy here.

Winter and summer study abroad with non-Lafayette programs is typically a more independent process and students work directly with the program for most matters, including financial payments. For the most part, students will have program approval forms completed through the Registrar’s Office.

Eligible students in an external abroad program may apply for funding through the Bergh Family Fund, provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, there are a few things that students should consider when selecting a summer or winter external program:

  • What is the program calendar? Do the program’s start/end dates conflict with my personal plans, internships, or Lafayette courses? Students are typically not allowed to arrive late or leave programs early in order to accommodate these things.
  • What’s included in the costs of the program? Some programs, but not all, include things like excursions, housing, meals, airfare, and insurance. It’s important to understand which costs you would pay to the program and which you would need to budget for.
  • Does the program offer international insurance? What does it cover?
  • Are there any prerequisites, such as a language requirement?
  • What is the language of instruction?
  • What type of housing is provided?