Study abroad requires advance planning, some flexibility, and communication with the study abroad office. While most students study away their junior year, it is possible as early as second semester in your sophomore year or as late as your senior year. You may also choose a semester, year-long, May term* or summer program. Whatever you choose, it takes careful planning and it’s never too early to start.
Step 1: Review Requirements
- The first thing we normally recommend that students do is attend a Study Abroad 101 information session and attend the fall study abroad fair. This will give you a basic overview of the process and what options are available. If you haven’t been yet, the next dates for Study Abroad 101 found on our homepage.
Step 2: Research!
- After you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to do some research! Utilize our website, our network of Global Ambassadors and attend events and info sessions offered by the office to learn more.
- Do you already have a few programs in mind? First take the actions mentioned above and then come in for drop-in hours (Mon-Fri, 12-2) and/or you can make an appointment. Students are encouraged to come to drop-in advising, Mon-Fri, from 12-2pm and are welcome to browse materials on offer in the office any time! Read about how to choose a program. It is really important that you know what to expect in terms of classes, housing, support on site and budgeting.
Step 3: Choose a program and declare your intent
- Finalize your program choice at least one semester in advance of applying by submitting an Intent Form. This will get you in our pipeline and make sure you don’t slip through the cracks when it comes to deadlines, as well as applicable info sessions and scholarships.
- Intent forms are due on December 1st of the academic year prior to the desired study abroad period. (Why is it important to submit an Intent Form so early??)
Step 4: Apply!
|September 15||Spring applications due|
|March 1||Fall and full-year applications due|
|April 1||Summer program credit transfer applications due|