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Advising Hours & First Step Sessions

    First Step Sessions

    First Step Sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot—just show up to 140 Williamson Hall, East Bank (map). You can also complete the First Step online.

    Because we cover so much information in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.

    First Step Session Schedule


    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
     10:30 a.m.  2:30 p.m.  1:30 p.m.  10:30 a.m.  1 p.m. 


    First Step Session


    Drop-in Advising with a Peer Adviser

    The Learning Abroad Center offers advising on a drop-in basis with peer advisers. All of our peer advisers have studied abroad, and they are here to help you with: 

    • Exploring and researching program options
    • Navigating online resources (program search, Major Advising Pages, U Credit, etc.) 
    • Understanding the study abroad process and experience 
    • Learning about scholarship opportunities  
    • General application questions 

    Drop-in advising sessions are limited to 15 minutes. We encourage students to complete the First Step session prior to meeting with a peer adviser, but it is not required. 

    Drop-in Advising Schedule

    Monday – Friday 12–3 p.m. 

    Advising with Professional Staff (By Appointment Only) 

    If you have more in-depth questions that cannot be answered by a peer adviser, you may schedule an appointment with a professional adviser. Two types of advising appointments are available. 

    Program Selection Advising

    Program Selection Advisers meet one-on-one with you to help you find a program that matches your academic, career, and personal goals and interests. Program selection advisers can help you with:

    • Narrowing down program options
    • Academic planning
    • Financial planning
    • Health and safety 
    • Student identity abroad 

    What you need to know

    Spring 2020 Program Selection Advising Schedule

    Scheduled Appointments: East Bank, Learning Abroad Center, 140 Williamson Hall (map).—open to all students

    Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

    Tuesdays: 12–4 p.m. 

    St. Paul Campus, 190 Coffey Hall (map) – CFANS students only 

    Program selection advising available on a drop-in basis for CFANS students Wednesdays from 2–4 p.m. 

      Program Specific Advising

      If you have already decided on a study abroad program, contact the LAC staff member who works with your program to schedule an appointment. Your program contact can help you with matters specific to your study abroad program, such as: 

      • Housing
      • Course selection
      • Information about program location
      • Cultural adjustment 
      • Language 
      • Visas