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: 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 2: Explore Options
Start to research your abroad options and then narrow down to a top 3 or 5.
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Watch the Understanding Program Types video to learn more about the different experiences you can participate in.
Watch the Navigating the Portal video to learn how to search for available opportunities.
Step 3: Fund Your Trip
Apply for scholarships, update your FASFA, and consider other personal funding options.
Step 4: Apply
Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to help finalize plans and start the application.
Step 5: Prepare
Pay any fees, attend orientations, and complete other pre-departure tasks.
Step 6: Participate
Engage with the program and explore the host country, taking in the history and culture.
Step 7: Return
Use our resources to help re-acclimate back home and leverage your experience.