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STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO STUDY ABROAD

Planning/Application Stage


Think about what type of study abroad program you are interested in:  semester, summer, faculty-led short course or academic year abroad?  Are you interested in doing more than one type (ex. faculty-led short course and a semester abroad)?
  • Click here to read more about the different types of programs we offer
Decide what term(s) you want to go abroad (ex. summer 2015 or fall 2016).
  • Keep in mind that for summer, semester and academic year programs students must have a minimum of 60 credits completed on their transcript before they are allowed to participate.
  • Short Courses may be available any year (not guaranteed for all majors)

Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor to discuss a course plan.

  • What classes do you need to take each semester in order to graduate on time?

  • Is there any flexibility regarding the order in which you take certain classes, or do they have to be taken in a specific order?

  • Do you know which classes have pre-requisites, and do you know what those pre-requisites are?

  • Based on the term you chose to go abroad, are there certain classes you will need to take abroad to stay on track?  If so, what are they?

Decide where you want to study abroad.

  • If you are unsure what your options are, you may schedule an appointment with the Director of Study Abroad to help you figure that out.  You should bring the course plan you worked on with your advisor to this appointment so we can discuss which institutions abroad have the courses you need.

Once you have your term, location, and tentative course plan figured out, you are ready to begin the application process.

  • The application is online and available through the Study Abroad Office website.  Your login credentials will be the same as you use for WebAdvisor and email.

  • Keep in mind that applications run in cycles, so students cannot apply too far in advance.  Ask Study Abroad when your application cycle will be open for your term abroad, and we will let you know when you will be able to begin your application.

Make sure all application materials are completed by the advertised deadline.

  • Your application is complete when all items listed in the application have a check mark next to it.  Some material items (transcript, course forms, etc.) will need to be checked off manually by the Study Abroad Office upon receipt of that item.  Other items that are completed online will be checked off automatically upon completion.

  • Be sure to keep in touch with the faculty members who will be writing your recommendations, as these must be completed by the deadline as well.

If the foreign institution you are applying to requires additional application materials, be sure these materials are also completed by our office’s deadline (unless the foreign program’s deadline is earlier than ours).

  • If you are unsure what your foreign institutions requirements are, ask the Study Abroad Office for assistance.