International Programs

Study Abroad - Start Here!

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

1. Make an 8-semester plan.

Think about whether you want to take classes abroad towards your major and/or your group requirements. For example, as a biology major you could go abroad second semester sophomore year and do a field research program, or for your whole junior year and do group A and B requirements.

All 8 semester plans

2. Meet with your academic advisor.

Review your proposed 8-semester plan(s) and discuss scheduling opportunities for study abroad. You don't need to decide where to go yet! But you may also wish to discuss, with your advisor, programs relevant to your major/language study.

3. Investigate programs and (optional) discuss with a member of the Off-Campus Study Committee.

Based on your academic and personal goals, you can begin to investigate options by perusing the program database for inspiration. Some factors to consider are: (1) the amount of exposure you have had to liberal arts at Reed -- you should have completed a sufficient number of courses at Reed to provide an adequate conceptual framework for your off-campus experience; (2) the contribution an off-campus experience will make within your regular academic program; (3) the time available after your return to Reed to integrate the off-campus experience into your studies at Reed. You may also wish to discuss options and plans with faculty members of the Off-Campus Study Committee. Contact Diego Alonso ( for advice about which member is best suited to your interests.

Pick-a-program database

4. Meet with Allison Blizzard, consultant for International Programs at Reed.

Once you have some idea of what sort of programs you’re interested in, meet with Allison. She can help you hone your choices and navigate all of the logistics of studying abroad.

5. Consider your finances.

Reed international programs each have different costs (available on their web pages) and most are considerably less expensive than Reed. Students receiving financial aid may apply their aid to the cost of their Reed international program thus a semester abroad should NOT be more expensive than a semester at Reed including international travel. You can also explore additional sources of funding such as scholarships and grants for international education.

6. Complete all required applications.

There are separate applications for your chosen program and for Reed. Follow the checklist and make sure you turn in all documents on time!

Applications and Instructions here!

7. Meet with Allison for pre-departure planning.

Work with Allison to arrange your passport/visa applications, course credit transfer details, financial aid acceptance, and logistical/travel preparations. 

Allison Blizzard