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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

    Mondays 12:30–4 p.m. 

    Tuesdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 

    Wednesdays 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. 

    Thursdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 

    Fridays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 

    No drop-ins held during Spring Break (March 9–13) 

    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 and Program Specific Advising. 

    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

    • You must complete a First Step Session and online profile before meeting with a Program Selection Adviser
    • To schedule an advising appointment visit or call 612.626.9000
    • Your appointment will be more productive if you spend some time researching program options prior to meeting with an adviser
    • CFANS students only: Program selection advising is also available on a drop-in basis on the St. Paul Campus, 190 Coffey Hall (map), 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