International Programs Office

Study Abroad - Start Here!

If you are considering studying abroad, here is how to make it happen!

1. Make an 8-semester plan and meet with your academic adviser

Think about whether you want to take classes abroad towards your major and/or your group requirements. Review your proposed 8-semester plan(s) and discuss scheduling opportunities for study abroad. You do not need to decide where to go yet! But you may also want to discuss, with your adviser, programs relevant to your major/language study.

2. Investigate programs and meet with Alberto del Río Malo, Director of International Programs

Based on your academic and personal goals, you can begin to investigate options by perusing the Reed-approved programs' database for inspiration. Once you have some idea of what sort of program(s) you are interested in, fill out the International Programs Office Application Form and meet with Alberto (Eliot 422). He can help you hone your choices and navigate all of the logistics of studying abroad.

3. Complete all required applications

Be sure to complete and return all of these forms to their appropriate destinations, and ensure that the IPO has a copy of each original on file to secure your spot in an off-campus program.


  • Transcripts: Students must ask the Registrarʼs Office to send their official electronic transcript to Alberto. The form is available in Eliot Hall 311 or as a fillable PDF.
  • Passport: Apply several months in advance for a new passport. If you already have one, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination.
  • Visas: You may need to get a visa before you travel to a foreign destination. Contact the embassy or consulate of the countries you will be visiting for more information.