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How to Apply to a Study Abroad Program at Hollins

Note to all applicants:

Please be advised, by beginning an application to study abroad through the International Programs office, you agree with and understand the following statement:

“I understand that I am required to be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing with Hollins University in order to participate in any study abroad program.  I further understand and agree that by starting an application to study abroad through the International Programs office, I am giving International Programs permission to request and review relevant information relating to my academic, judicial, and financial records from the appropriate University offices. I am also giving permission to those University offices to release that information to the International Programs office.”

Non-Hollins students applying to London:

Please follow your institution’s guidelines for study abroad advising. Please note, you will not need to complete in-person advising to apply online to London; that requirement is only for Hollins students. 

* If the "Apply Now" button is gray, the application cycle is not yet open or it is past the deadline. Check back later when a new application cycle opens.

All Students Applying to Study Abroad

Step 1.  Research programs and initiate the advising process.

A. Create a StudioAbroad account.

B. Complete the Advising Précis (advising questionnaire) online. (Hollins Students only)

C. Schedule an advising appointment with the Director of International Programs. (Hollins Students only)

How do I create a StudioAbroad account? When you click on the “Apply Now” button on the program brochure page, the system will prompt you to create an account. Follow the User Identification Wizard to create your personal applicant homepage. Your login information will be emailed to you within the hour of your request. You will have 7 days to login before that specific login expires. The login email will come from "" Please be sure to check your spam folder in case the login email is misdirected. After you create your account and login, be sure to change your password. NOTE: If you have problems with your account, email us at so we can help you resolve the issue and contact the website administrator on your behalf. 

Start planning EARLY. Explore our website and research programs by location, academic focus, language requirements, eligibility or other program parameters. Ask yourself questions like “What do I hope to get out of this experience?” “Where will I feel comfortable living?”  will provide you with all of the essential abroad you will need to successfully and easily complete your Study Abroad application process. We recommend that you meet with your academic advisor prior to your appointment with the director of international programs. Even as a first-year, it’s not too early to discuss study abroad with your advisor.

Before you can complete a program application, you must submit an Advising Précis and meet with the director of international programs. Complete the Advising Précis online by clicking on the “Request Advising” button on a program brochure page. To access a program brochure page, click here for a list of programs. For help in completing your Advising Précis and for personal usage, please see this study abroad worksheet:  Goals, Challenges, Priorities

Recommended part D: Attend the Study Abroad Forum. This event is replacing Study Abroad 101, and while it is no longer mandatory, it is strongly recommended you attend. The basic information you need to apply succesfully will be available, as will the International Programs office staff.  You’ll also have an opportunity to talk with past program participants who are enthusiastic about sharing their abroad experiences. The Study Abroad Forum will be held in early in the Fall and Spring semesters each year, keep a look out for the dates, which will be posted on  this page (under the Orientation tab on the left), My.Hollins and our Facebook page. 

The director will activate a program application for you after your advising appointment. To complete and submit your study abroad application, access your personal applicant page with your username and the password you created. If you have any difficulty accessing the application or your applicant homepage, email us at

Step 2. Complete the application process online before the program deadline.

Verify your program’s application deadline posted on the individual program brochure page. Be sure to submit your application by that date. All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. on the date they occur. The decision date posted next to the application deadline indicates the day that decisions for Hollins students will be posted. Non-Hollins students will be notified on a rolling-admissions basis.

To complete and submit your application, follow the program-specific instructions on your personal applicant homepage. Be sure to complete all application requirements including materials which must be mailed or delivered to the Office of International Programs as well as necessary signature documents. All applications also require an essay, included in the application questionnaire.

Check your applicant homepage frequently to confirm the status of your application. As we receive your application materials, including faculty recommendations, those items will be checked off your status page. It is your responsibility to confirm completion of your application before the posted deadline.

Step 3. Confirm the decision status of your application after the Decision Date.

You will be notified via email when a decision has been made on your application. Login to your applicant homepage to view the status of your application and your decision letter.

Within two weeks of acceptance to a program, you must complete your post-acceptance materials, including your committal to the program, which you will find on your applicant homepage. This means you are accepting your placement on the program. After this point you may not withdraw unless you communicate your intentions in writing to the Director of International Programs. Withdrawal after this period may also incur financial obligations which will be billed to your Hollins account.

For all programs, you will have to submit additional documents and information after acceptance. For affiliate programs, be sure to note the application deadlines on their websites, linked on their individual program brochures pages.

All Hollins applicants are required to attend the on-campus pre-departure orientation, listed as an event on your applicant homepage. Orientation dates will be included in your decision letter, generally two weeks after the program deadline. After you have fulfilled these requirements, we will check off these items from your applicant homepage.

Important Note (for All Students) on Passports and Visas:

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 more months at all times while you are abroad.  So, if you already have a passport, check it now to see if you need to renew it.
While the International Programs staff will provide visa guidance where possible, it is your (the student's) responsibility to possess a valid passport and secure the proper visa in order to study abroad.


Last modified 07/17/2018