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10 Easy Steps for Study Abroad

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Studying abroad is easy with these 10 simple steps:

  1. Explore your options. Begin your search by visiting the study abroad web site.
  2. Make an appointment with Amy McNichols, the Director of Global Initiatives, to learn more about off-campus study programs and the application process. When do you intend to study off campus? What steps should you take to complete the College and program applications? What are program requirements? Is the program suitable for your major, interests or career plans? Is there a language requirement?
  3. Learn about the transfer of financial aid at the Financial Aid Office.
  4. Visit the annual Study Abroad Fair in the fall and talk to program representatives from around the country. Talk with study abroad returnees. Get information about study abroad programs and internship opportunities.
  5. Define your goals for study abroad and identify suitable programs.
  6. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss study abroad courses. Talk about your plans with your study abroad plans with your parents.
  7. Complete a Study Abroad Application packet. Application forms are available at the IPO (Hill Hall, 105). Get an early start because programs have deadlines or accept on a rolling basis. Submit the Study Abroad Application and "Release of Liability" forms to the IPO before you apply to your specific program.
  8. Respond promptly to the acceptance letter. Get your passport A.S.A.P! Learn about your off-campus study site.
  9. Get a visa (if required by your program). Buy your airline ticket, and get a medical exam.
  10. Attend the required Pre-Departure Orientation Session(s) (in November for spring semester programs; in April for fall semester/ full year programs). Read carefully all materials that you are given at Orientation and share information with your parents.