Meeting with Your Advisers (Nonaffiliated Programs)

Having a documented conversation with your academic advisers prior to studying abroad will help you make a more informed decision about which courses to take while you are overseas and if the program you are considering is a good academic fit. 

Your academic advisers may be able to point out additional considerations for you that are specific to your major, minor, or college of enrollment. Being aware of how your study abroad coursework can potentially fulfill your requirements can help you complete degree requirements more efficiently and quickly, helping you graduate on time.

Before you Meet with Your Adviser(s)

Step 1: Research course offerings for your study abroad program and find out what degree requirements you need to fulfill.

Step 2: Make a list of your desired study abroad courses and alternate choices, and include the following information for each:

Your advisers will let you know how the course may fulfill requirements and any additional requirements/needs, such as evaluation of course materials upon return.

Step 3: Schedule appointments with your advisers to discuss course selection and degree plan. Do this early, since advisers’ schedules sometimes fill several weeks in advance.


If you want to fulfill:  

Meet with:

Major requirements

Major department adviser

Minor requirements

Minor department adviser


Liberal Education requirements

Contact Admissions


Second language requirement/proficiency

CLA adviser and/or Language department adviser



When Meeting with Your Adviser(s)

Step 4: Bring course descriptions or related information on the courses you are interested in taking while abroad.

Step 5: Discuss the following questions with the appropriate adviser, and take notes. Your adviser cannot guarantee approval of any coursework, but they can give you a rough idea of how things will transfer in. 

Questions To Ask Your College Adviser

Questions To Ask Your Major/Minor Adviser

Step 6:  Ask your adviser to remove any advising holds effective during your study abroad and the term immediately after your study abroad.

Next Steps and Essential Information