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Advising & Recommendations

As part of the study abroad application process, students are required to obtain approval from their academic advisers. Academic advising is a critical part in preparing a Smith student to maximize the study abroad experience.

When faculty members speak with a student about studying abroad, they may want to ask the student to complete the following form prior to the initial meeting:

Study Abroad Worksheet

This form asks students to identify their preferences among key aspects of the study abroad experience.

Faculty can use the Smith International Travel Experiences System (SITES) to peruse programs that are on the Approved List. This is also the site where students will be submitting their applications for study abroad approval.


The approval process requires students to identify courses specific to their major, minor or certificate programs. Each department has the authority to preapprove courses that replace either core requirements or upper-level electives.

When speaking with students about their study abroad plans, it is most helpful if you discuss the following objectives:

Academic Objectives