Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to a program before I receive approval from Mills?
Talk with your international study advisor to make sure that studying abroad will not interfere with the completion on your major and/or your graduation date.
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Yes. You will need to fill out a separate Mills application for each program you are applying to, however. If you are applying to multiple program locations within the same program (e.g. CIEE programs in Spain and Cuba), only one Mills application is necessary. Once you decide which program or program location you will be attending, you MUST notify the M Center so that the databases can be updated.
Students are welcome to investigate study abroad programs on their own but are not permitted to apply to those programs directly without first completing the Mills application and securing Mills'approval for them to study abroad. Applying directly to study abroad programs before completing the Mills application procedure may result in the immediate suspension of their study abroad applications.I already know what country I want to go to, how do I find out which programs go there?
We offer programs in 63 different countries on 6 continents. Odds are you’ll find a program in your country of interest. Please consult the list of study abroad and international exchange programs by Country available in the International Study Resource Center and on the International Study website.
For specific program information, contact the international study program directly. Contact information for the programs can be obtained by going to the program web sites directly.
Each program has its own selection criteria. Large programs such as Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) are likely to be less selective than small programs such as SIT or Antioch. To find out more about a particular program, contact that program directly. You can obtain phone numbers or email addresses for programs in from the study abroad office or from the program web sites.
To attend a study abroad program not affiliated with Mills, you must take a leave of absence from Mills for the semester you wish to attend the program. You will not be able to use Mills College financial aid for study at an unaffiliated program. In addition, credit transfer may be more difficult.
Mills College is unique in that students studying abroad are charged the tuition and fees of their international study program, rather than Mills tuition and fees. Because many study abroad programs cost less than Mills, international study is a financially viable option for many students.
For students participating in a Mills-affiliated international visit (study abroad) or domestic visit program, federal and state sources of financial aid will transfer to assist with program costs. The amount of a student's federal and/or state aid available for this purpose will be determined by the M Center; federal and/or state sources of financial aid will be adjusted according to the costs of the program in keeping with federal and state regulations. Institutional scholarships, i.e. merit-based and need-based Mills scholarships, cannot be transferred toward the cost of a domestic visit or international visit (study abroad) program. Costs for travel usually are not included in published program fees and are the responsibility of the participating student.
Note: A limited amount of scholarship support is available for students planning to study abroad in the Spring 2014 semester. This support is made possible through a donation from a generous Mills alumna. Up to four students will be selected to receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for use in meeting the tuition expenses of a Mills-affiliated international visit (study abroad) program. Students will be selected on the basis of financial need. There is no separate application for these scholarships. To be considered, a student must have filed a FAFSA for the 2013-14 academic year and have submitted a complete application to study abroad by October 15. Additional information regarding these scholarships is available in the M Center.
Can I go abroad the first semester of my senior year?
Yes. However, Mills does have a senior residency requirement, which requires students to be in attendance at Mills for the two semesters directly preceding their graduation. To study abroad during the first semester of your senior year you must petition to have this requirement waived. You can pick up a petition to the academic standing committee at the M Center.
Yes. However, many programs offer their own scholarships, and many outside organizations offer scholarships for study abroad that may be applied toward summer study. One advantage to summer study, if you can finance it, is that you do not have to attend a Mills-affiliated program. However, if you need the credit for the summer program to transfer, it may be wiser to attend a Mills affiliated program in order to avoid unnecessary problems and delays. In order to facilitate transfer of credit from a summer program, you must fill out a Preliminary Credit Transfer before your program starts.
Yes. There are not very many, but they do exist. The study abroad office at Mills caters mostly to undergraduates, but feel free to browse the program web sites in search of a program that fits your needs.
Yes. Some programs, especially summer study programs, accept students who have recently graduated. Other programs, such as CIEE and BUNAC provide work abroad programs for recent graduates. Students must enroll in these programs by December 31st of the year they graduate in. December graduates are not eligible. For post-graduate study abroad, apply directly through the program of interest. There will be no connection to Mills and financial aid will not be available. You may still apply for outside scholarships to cover the costs of the program.
Yes. Most study abroad programs consider students with disabilities on a case by case basis and make accommodations whenever possible. However, many countries are not nearly as progressive as the United States with regard to accessibility. You should contact the programs you are interested in directly to get more information.
Yes. This is, however, an unusual circumstance and must be discussed directly with the program you are interested in attending. Some programs, especially smaller ones or traveling programs, may not be able to accommodate your child.