Steps to Go Abroad
Let's make it happen! Explore these resources aimed at helping you get ready for and pursue a study, intern, volunteer, or research program abroad. We have created a dedicated page with the steps you'll need to take to make your dream a reality.
Step 1: Create Your Profile
Log in to the Education Abroad Portal using your NETID credentials to get started.
If it’s your first time, you’ll be asked several questions to help us get to know you better. Once logged in, we encourage you to:
- Complete your first log-in intake
- Take the Program Match Quiz
These features will assist us in advising you and help you to narrow down education abroad programs and help you find the perfect one.
Step 2: Get Advised
Talk with an academic advisor about going abroad and your academic progress.
Let your academic advisor(s) know you are interested in an international experience, even if you are not sure what term you want to go. While your academic advisor will not be able to tell you what program to go on, they know your degree plan and what courses you have available. We recommend discussing:
- What courses are currently available on your degree plan.
- If there are any classes you CANNOT take abroad or any other restrictions you should know.
- The possibility of “saving” classes, like electives, to take later in your academic career on a program.
- How an internship would fit into your degree plan.
Having this information will help you as you start researching programs.
Step 3: Explore Options
Start to research your abroad options and then narrow down to a top 3 or 5.
Once you’ve created your profile and taken The Program Match Quiz, searching for programs is a breeze. Your top matches will appear first and discover more using intuitive search features and filters. Find a program you like? You can favorite the program to easily find later.
Want to know more about the various program types found throughout your search? Watch the videos below.
Understanding Program Types
Why Consider Affiliate Provider & Exchange Programs
You can also talk with other Aggies who have gone through this experience. They can help guide you through the process. Find a time to come speak with an Education Abroad Ambassador.
Step 4: Fund Your Experience
Watch the Funding your Education Abroad Program video for a general overview of funding ideas.
Step 5: Apply
Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to help finalize plans and start the application process.
Step 6: Prepare
Pay any fees, attend orientations, and complete other pre-departure tasks.
Step 7: Participate
Engage with the program and explore the host country, taking in the history and culture.
Step 8: Return
Check out the Education Abroad Resource Guide for Returnees for tips on readjusting to returning from abroad, how to incorporate your experience on your resume and cover letter, and how to pursue international experience post-graduation.