Learning Abroad Process

Learning Abroad Process

This is the basic process you’ll complete in order to learn abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible. Apply or renew your passport any time during the process. 

Complete a First Step Session & Online Profile

  • First Step Session guide you through the basics of going abroad. It can be done via a 30 minute online module or a 20–30 minute in-person group advising session. 
  • Your Online Profile creates a record of your interests and needs for going abroad and provides Learning Abroad Center advisers with the basics about you.

Research Programs & Options

Visit the Resource Center for Program Selection Advising

Consult with Your Academic Adviser(s)

  • Review the academic considerations section on your Learning Abroad Major Advising Page
  • Discuss coursework and opportunities abroad and how they might meet requirements.  Degree planning is crucial.  Early planning and effective advising makes study abroad applicable to degree requirements and resolves course sequencing issues to help you graduate on time.
  • Complete the Academic Planning Form and obtain your academic adviser(s) signature

Consult with Your Career Counselor(s)

  • Discuss career implications of learning abroad
  • Discuss opportunities you might engage to further your career aspirations

Select a Program

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements of the program, and it is in advance of the deadline, for many programs there is no reason to apply to more than one program.  Exchanges and instructor-led programs have a competetive application process for the limited number of spaces available on those programs.  Check with the program contact about the application process and availability of spaces on the program.

Talk to Your Parents

Schedule a Financial Aid Preview Meeting

  • If you plan to use financial aid for your program, schedule a Financial Aid Preview Meeting for study abroad to meet one-on-one with a financial aid counselor at the Onestop office in 333 Bruininks Hall to discuss how your financial aid package applies to the program you selected
  • Consider inviting your parents to this meeting
  • Consult the Financial Aid section for more basics on financial aid and study abroad
  • Please note that financial aid can be used ONLY for credit-bearing experiences

Research & Apply for Scholarships

Complete the Program Application

  • What's on the application and how to complete it is found under the "apply" tab for each program. Each program has different requirements and instructions
  • For most programs it will take 2–3 weeks after your application is complete to know if you’ve been offered a spot on the program