10 Steps to Studying Abroad
1. Visit the Study Abroad office(International House).
Fill out a Study Abroad interest survey, view program brochures and ask questions.
2. Investigate program options and inform yourself.
Define your goals for studying abroad and identify suitable programs. Learn about the country where you wish to study abroad. Talk with exchange students and study abroad returnees about their experiences.
3. Apply for your passport!
You should apply for your passport at this time. Passport applications take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Information on applying for a passport is available at: http://travel.state.gov/passport.
4. Meet with a Study Abroad Program Coordinator.
Once you have determined what country and program you are interested in, make an appointment with the appropriate coordinator in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss your plans and the application process.
5. See your Academic Advisor.
Discuss how your proposed study abroad courses will fit in with your degree requirements and have your Academic Advisor sign your Academic Plan for Study Abroad.
6. Find out about financing your study abroad program.
All students considering using any form of financial aid and scholarships to fund their study abroad experience should speak with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Financial Aid and Scholarship.
7. Apply online!
Begin applying online for your program of choice the semester before you plan to go. The deadline for most Fall, Academic Year, and Summer programs is March 1, and the deadline for most Winter Break, Spring Break, or Spring programs is October 15.
8. You've been accepted!
Check your online study abroad application and complete all necessary acceptance forms. Apply for your student visa (if necessary) and make travel plans.
9. Orient yourself.
Attend the mandatory study abroad pre-departure orientation for information and question-and-answer sessions.
10. Pack your bags,
...say your good-byes, and go!