Once you make the decision to study abroad, there are a number of resources available that you will want to become familiar with as you proceed through the application and pre-departure period.
1. Consider your goals and priorities
Are you looking to become fluent in another language? Complete degree requirements while abroad? Want to be immersed with foreign students or study along with other U.S. students? Looking to travel on your own or go with a group? Live abroad for a year or travel during break? These questions are just a few to consider as you browse the available programs and narrow the list to find your ideal program!
Review the Study Abroad Checklist to make sure you have all the resources in getting started in selecting your program.
2. Choose a program
- Talk to your academic advisor. Advisors can help you identify your goals and how study abroad fits into your academic plan.
- Explore the College of Arts & Letters Study Abroad page for key information on featured programs and much more.
- Visit the Office for Education Abroad page. Peer advisors and program coordinators can help you identify programs and funding options for your experience.
- Consider the benefits of different program types and offerings through your program of study.
3. Create a plan to finance your experience
- Visit the Office for Education Abroad cost page for factors to consider and next steps
- Talk to the financial aid office. Financial aid is available for study abroad. Since each student’s financial situation is unique, be sure to talk to the Financial Aid Office early in your planning so you understand financing options.
- Research and apply for scholarships. There are various scholarships through the College of Arts & Letters, Office for Education Abroad, as well as at the national level. Start exploring our scholarships page for more info or to apply.
Apply online via the Office for Education Abroad Website. Program Leaders accept students on a rolling basis. When you’re accepted, you’ll be asked to confirm your seat. Ask any remaining questions before you return the Decision Form to confirm your place! Then watch for details from your program leader on next steps.
Apply for scholarships. There are various scholarships through the College of Arts & Letters, Office for Education Abroad, as well as at the national level. Start exploring our scholarships page for more info or to apply.
5. Attend all pre-departure meetings
All study abroad programs have required orientations that allow you to meet the people you will be studying with, get to know your faculty members, and become a well-prepared visitor to another country.