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Preparing to Study Abroad

Who should I meet with before I go?

  • Study abroad advisor - Your study abroad advisor can tell you what you need to know and who you need to see. Their job is to make sure you are prepared for your experience and that you will gain the most from your study abroad program.  They will not tell you where you have to go, it's up to you to research what programs will be best for you.
  • Academic advisor - Your academic advisor in your major is your insurance for the credit you'll receive upon return form overseas. Your academic advisor can tell you what type of credit you're likely to receive and how it will fit into your overall degree.
  • Financial aid office - You will need to work closely with this administrator unless mom and dad will be hooking you up. Most study abroad participants utilize some form of financial aid for their experience. The most common aid used for study abroad is student loans, but there are many forms of financial aid.
  • Parents or Guardian - They might not be financing your adventure but it's still key to keep them in the loop. You probably want to explain how this experience is integral to your degree program, how the experience will enhance your resume and insure a great job upon graduation. It's also important to keep the parents happy, as they will probably be taking care of logistical concerns while you are out of the country.

Meetings I am required to attend

  • All students are required to attend a mandatory risk meeting or pre-departure meeting prior to departure. Students traveling on a faculty-led program must attend a risk meeting. Students participating in an exchange or affiliated study abroad program must attend a pre-departure meeting. Multiple dates will be announced in advance. If a student has completed the risk session for a previous study abroad program, he or she MUST attend again in order to be eligible to travel. Failure to attend a risk session or pre-departure meeting will result in a student being removed from his or her study abroad program.
  • Students participating in faculty-led programs will likely be required to attend additional mandatory meetings as well. Faculty study abroad program leaders will determine the schedule of mandatory events for their own programs. Faculty members have the right to remove students from their programs if students fail to meet expectations.

What else do I need to do?

  • Get a passport
  • Get a visa
  • Get your shots
  • Get insured
  • Develop a budget
  • Pack light

Be sure to pack your patience and flexibility along with the sunscreen and camera. Have the time of your life... see the world!


Eligibility Requirements for Study Abroad

Students must be in good academic standing, with a 2.5 GPA to be eligible to study abroad in summer sessions, semester- or year-length programs. Students in faculty-led group programs must have at least a 2.0 GPA at the time of acceptance AND at the time of study abroad, unless the faculty leader has specified a higher GPA.

No student is eligible to study abroad who is currently on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension. Any student who has applied and/or been accepted will automatically become ineligible if placed on any type of probation or suspension before departure.

Students who owe outstanding balances to the university will not be allowed to depart for a study abroad program.