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International Students and “Study Abroad at Home”

Announcement

Smith College announces a special Smith at Fudan Fall 2020 program in collaboration with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. This program offers a residential learning community for Chinese nationals enrolled at Smith who will remain in China given the COVID-19 pandemic. Students joining the Smith at Fudan community will take two or three Fudan courses taught in a hybrid model while also enrolling remotely in one or two Smith College courses.

Students interested in this program must indicate their interest as soon as possible by starting the approval process with Smith on our Smith International Travel Experience System (SITES). Once you have logged in, search for the program using the keyword “Fudan.” Once the program appears, click on “apply for” and then on “Fall 2020” and follow the prompts. The Smith approval application deadline is Thursday, August 6. We encourage interested students to also start their application with TEAN in order to register for courses. The deadline for TEAN applications is August 10.

Students are encouraged to read the Smith at Fudan Frequently Asked Questions:

Exception for transfer of academic credit from home country during academic year 2020–21

International students, along with U.S. residents or citizens residing outside the U.S., may be granted exceptions to study abroad locally at universities or programs in their home countries and to apply for transfer of the credits to Smith. Such exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, may not be used for online-only academic programs, and will require justification for the selection of courses at a home-country university. The student will remain enrolled at Smith College and pay the Smith tuition bill, with Smith covering the cost of the local university or program tuition. According to F-1 regulations, full-time study abroad enrollment will allow an international student to maintain their Smith F-1 visa status, so their SEVIS record will remain active during their time away from campus. Students requesting this exception should contact studyabroad@smith.edu. Please include the name of the university or program at which you would like to enroll, and whether or not you have discussed this with your major advisor and/or class dean. Students must meet all requirements for study abroad from Smith.

An international student may also take a personal leave of absence. During this leave they may enroll at a local university in their home country and then request that the academic merit of the courses be reviewed after completion of the credit. The credits would transfer to their Smith record per existing credit transfer limits and policies. This option does not require pre-approval and does not guarantee that the credits will be approved. Students who choose to take a personal leave will need to contact the Class Dean's office at classdeans@smith.edu. We strongly recommend consulting with your major advisor for any courses you may wish to count toward your major. Please note that F-1 visa holders who take a personal leave of absence from the College will have their SEVIS record (and F-1 status) terminated during this time away.

Important considerations: Juniors and seniors interested in off-campus work or internships through CPT or OPT should know that they must have 9 months in active F-1 status in order to be eligible for work authorizations off-campus, such as CPT and OPT. Any F-1 visa holders who take a personal leave of absence from the College will have their SEVIS record (and F-1 status) terminated during this time away. In contrast, maintaining enrollment through study abroad will mean that your Smith F-1 record will remain active during the time away from campus.


Office for International Study Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Hours with Peer Advisers (while classes are in session) 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Study Abroad Events