Steps to Study Abroad
Are you interested in studying abroad but do not know how to get started? It is much easier than you may realize. Here's how:
- Get information. Meet with the international programming director to learn about your options and determine which program is suitable for you. Speak with students who have studied abroad. Begin your plans approximately one year before you intend study abroad. Semester, summer or year-long options are available.
- Organize and prioritize. Consider which academic requirements you plan to fulfill (major, minor, core and/or elective);Think about which semester is most suitable for your major; Consider locations, costs, and possibly an internship abroad. Prioritize your long-term academic and professional goals, as well as your degree requirements.
- Apply. Program application requirements vary, but usually include: an application form, official academic transcript, essay, and faculty recommendation. Typically, as long as students meet the minimum requirements, they are admitted.
- Be proactive. Don't delay in submitting your paperwork and miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime. If you plan to use federal financial aid, it is your responsibility to understand how it works for study abroad. Be prepared to pay costs up front, often before loans are disbursed. Students are responsible for paying the program costs directly to their program.
- Review courses you plan to take abroad with your faculty advisor to complete the Complete the Student/Advisor Agreement form.
- Order your passport; apply for a visa, if necessary. Book your flight and learn about packing, arrival on-site, health and safety, communication, money matters, and cultural adjustment. Learn as much as you about the country you will be visiting, history and culture; learn a few words and phrases in the local language.
- Ask lots of questions. It is better to be well informed and prepared for your study abroad experience. Do not hesitate to contact the international programming office at anytime – we're here to help you!
- Do not miss deadlines. There are application, deposit, payment and program specific deadlines to which you must adhere. Submit necessary paperwork early so you have more time to learn about where you will be studying.