Why does the Wang Center require an application for study away participation?

This helps the Wang Center and program leadership understand your reasons for wanting to go abroad, goals, needs for your chosen program, and help determine if the program is the right fit for you at this time.

Who can apply?

Sophomores, juniors, seniors in good standing with a minimum GPA requirement by specific program

When do I apply?

By no later than March 15th for Fall, Spring, full Academic Year, and summer

How do I apply? 

PLU semester applications include:

  1. Essays
  2. Faculty Recommendation (This is not a letter of recommendation; it’s a form that a faculty member fills out recommending you to study away. Choose a professor and ask them if they are willing to be your recommender. If they say yes, you’d input their name and email in the study away application, and the recommendation form will be sent to them to complete.)
  3. Professional Recommendation (Gateway programs only) This could be completed by a previous internship or job supervisor, for example. Get in touch with the Semester Program Manager if you have questions or concerns.
  4. $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  5. Advising Appointment

Be sure to…

  • Apply by the deadline! March 15th 2020 for any semester program in the following academic year
  • Apply through the program provider (Featured/Approved programs only. Apply through PLU first, except for SIT Study Abroad programs.)


Where do I apply?

Who can apply?

Admitted/deposited first-years, sophomores, juniors, seniors with a minimum GPA requirement by specific program

When should I apply?

By no later than April 15th for the following J-Term

How do I apply?

J-Term Applications Include: 

  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • J-Term Application Questions
  • Study Away Application Essays (2 required, 250 words each)
  • Signature Document: Clearance for Off-Campus Study & Authorization of Responsibility
  • Required Reading: PLU Need Based Scholarships are available
  • Faculty Recommendation (1 required)
    • Send to a faculty member of a previous study away program on which you participated, or to a professor who has taught you in a 3 or 4-credit course. DO NOT request a recommendation from a faculty who will be leading or who is the Program Director of the study away program you are applying for.NOTES:
      • PLU faculty preferred (excludes non-PLU students).
      • Exception for transfer students (community college instructors okay).

Additional Notes for J-Term Applicants:

  • New students to PLU in their first term, may request a recommendation from high school teacher, community college instructor, or PLU Admission Counselor

Where do I apply?