Application Steps

Below you will find a detailed list of application steps. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is submitted before the due date.


Applications for Fall 2025 & Full Year 2025-2026 will be open soon!  

All application materials are due by 4:00 PM on the deadline.

Fall 2025 & Full Year 2025-2026 Programs
October 7, 2024

Year of Study in Munich
January 27, 2025

Spring 2026 Programs
February 3, 2025

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Around 25 students are admitted per program.

*The Year in Munich application is different than the standard application for other programs. Year in Munich Students should refer to the detailed application instructions on the Year of Study in Munich page.

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Reference Request

Essay Questions

Advisor Approval Form


Application Advising

 **Application Checklist Here!**   

Part A 

The Overseas & Off-Campus Programs application system allows students to save their incomplete application using their Lewis & Clark email address. The application consists of four pages with the final page requiring 4-5 short answer essays, each with a maximum of 250 words. To preview the essays, please follow this link. We recommend drafting your essays in a word processing platform first, and later pasting them into the application portal. Completing your application will take about 30-45 minutes, excluding essays.

Prior to completing your application for study abroad through the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs office, please have the following information available:

  • Passport Information
  • Parent/Guardian Information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Academic Information (student ID, GPA, major, anticipated graduation date, language(s) studied)

In addition to completing the substance of the application, you are required to send a reference request to two academic recommenders of your choosing. Upon submitting the form, a reference request link will be sent to each of your indicated recommenders. References are due by the application deadline. In all cases, it is your responsibility to contact the recommender to request the reference.

  1. Email or meet with your recommender prior to completing this reference request for their approval. We require recommenders to be Lewis & Clark College professors.

  2. When you submit the request form, an email will automatically be generated and sent to the email address listed on your reference request. That email will contain a link for the recommender to access your reference form.

    • Please ensure that you enter your correct student ID number as well as the correct email addresses for your recommenders.

  3. Once the recommendation is complete, send a thank you note to the recommender. Also, if you are ultimately accepted to the program, don’t forget to share the good news with your recommenders!

Part B

  • Passport Photo: these photos are used as identification photos in our database, and should follow the same standards as a 2x2 passport style photo.

    • Please read through this article for guidance on taking a passport photo, and make sure that your photo meets these State Department requirements.

    • You can download an app, such as Passport Photo Booth (iOs and Android), or you can use the ‘Square’ mode on your phone. The US Department of State also has a photo cropping tool to resize your photo to the correct dimensions.

    • You will submit the passport photo by sending it to us via email -

  • Unofficial Transcript: After submitting your application please follow these instructions for submitting your unofficial transcript.

    • Students can download their unofficial transcripts for free in WebAdvisor.

    • The unofficial transcript should be submitted via email to

    • First-Year/Transfer Students: Submit your current course enrollment as found in WebAdvisor. Transfer students may submit an unofficial transcript from their previous institution.

  • Advisor Approval Form

    • Please complete the form digitally, and make an appointment with your Faculty or College Advisor to discuss how the program aligns with your academic goals at Lewis & Clark.

    • You should sign the form using the digital signature function of Adobe Reader (download it for free here).
    • Once your Advisor has digitally signed your form, submit the completed PDF via email to
    • Please note that we will not be accepting paper copies of the Advisor Approval form at this time.


Do I need a passport to apply?

Technically, no. However, if you are accepted, we do ask for a scan of your passport 30 days after acceptance. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get started on the passport process right away. (If you already have a passport, note that the passport needs to be valid 6 months following the end of the program!)

Applying to more than one program

You can only apply to one program per semester. If you submit more than one application, the applications will not be processed. If you are not selected for your first choice program you will have the opportunity to transfer your application to a program that is still accepting applications.

**If you are interested in applying to two programs in consecutive semesters, please contact the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs office for information. Admission to programs in consecutive semesters is not guaranteed.**

Second-Step Application

If you are applying to a program administered by a provider or partner university, your application has a two-step process. If admitted to a program by Lewis & Clark, you will also need to submit an application to the program provider. Please save your essay responses so that you can re-use them for your provider application.


In order to participate in the interview process, your file must be complete (including receipt of references).  Once the application deadline passes, all fully completed applicants will be added into a Google Classroom. Interview instructions will be posted in each program’s Google Classroom. Ensure that you accept the electronic invitation to Google Classroom as this will be the main forum for communication between your program leader(s)/coordinator(s). The interview will be conducted by the program leader, World Languages and Literature Department, and/or members of the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs staff.

The acceptance decision is determined by the program leader in close consultation with the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs Office. Notification of final decisions is sent through email prior to posting on the office bulletin board. Most programs accept an initial group of approximately 25 students.

CORE Requirement

Students who have not completed the CORE requirement cannot participate in a study abroad program. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog.