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Getting Started - Steps to Studying Abroad


STEP 1:   Apply for a passport, or get your current passport renewed, if necessary.  You must renew your passport if it will expire before December of your senior year. For passport information, see:
STEP 2:  Attend the Study Abroad General Information Session on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm, Seelos Theater
STEP 3:  Attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:30 pm, Hogan Ballroom.   Students who studied abroad last year (returnees) will share their experiences, photos, memorabilia, and answer any questions you may have. Learn from fellow students what study abroad is all about! 
STEP 4:  Investigate programs:  Click on Program Search on the left-hand navigation column.
  • Attend country-specific information sessions throughout September and October. 
  • Make an appointment to speak with the Study Abroad director of the program or programs that interest you. The director's name and contact information is located at the bottom of the brochure page for each program in the online application system.  You can make an appointment using the online appointment system by clicking on MEET OUR STAFF/CONTACT INFO in the left-hand navigation column. To request an appointment with Prof. Smith, the Director of Study Abroad, please email,
  • Decide on your first choice program (you may select an alternate/backup program) based on your interests, academic goals and eligibility.
STEP 5:  Meet with a Study Abroad Ambassador.  A number of students who have returned from studying abroad last year have volunteered to be Study Abroad Ambassadors. Get in touch with these ambassadors and take advantage of their experience.  Click on the Study Abroad Ambassadors tab on the left-hand navigation column at
STEP 6:  Talk to your academic advisor before making a program choice.  Consult with your major, minor or concentration advisor and the study abroad advisor in your academic department. 
STEP 7:  Complete your application essay:  Work with your advisor and a Study Abroad director to develop your goals and priorities for your coursework, co- and extra-curricular activities abroad.  The course choices, as well as your goals, will comprise your application essay for your first choice program.  The application is a first draft and a process we work through together.  Although the application process is competitive, we want all students to study abroad!
STEP 8:  Submit your online application:  Once you have determined your program choice, it's time to apply. The Apply Online link is available on every program brochure page as well as under the Application Procedure tab on the left-side navigation column.  You are applying for ONE program only - you have the option of selecting an alternate/backup program, but please, one application only.  Applications for all academic year and semester programs open on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and close on Friday, November 3, 2017.  Get started soon ~ it's easy!  

Please visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith 216, email us at or call us at 508-793-3082 ~ we're here to help you!