Need assistance with searching for and/or choosing a study away opportunity? Come by the Center for Experiential Learning (back of Hendren Hall) and talk with Jennifer Riddle to start your search and application process. NOTE: Applications are only available to students who talk to Jennifer (applications cannot be found online).
How to Apply:
Step 1: choosing a program/opportunity
Attend the Fall Studay Away Fair (occurs every Fall) to learn about where you can go, what you can study, how to finance your trip, and much more. If you are nervous about studying off-campus or on the fence about going, this event will allow you to hear student testimony!
Make an appointment with Jennifer in the CEL to have any questions answered and receive help navigating varrious study away opportunities.
Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss how studying abroad relates to your domestic course work and what courses you'll want to take abroad that keep you on track in your major.
Then consider the following questions about the experience outside of academics:
- Do you prefer small towns or the big city life?
- Do you want to be able to have outdoor activities, e.g. hiking and biking, easily available?
- Do you want to live with a host family or independently?
- Do you mind commuting to class or do you prefer a residential academic experience?
- Do you have particular health needs that need to be met while you are abroad?
Consult with the Financial Aid Office to discuss financing your study abroad experience. Each student's financial circumstances are different and it is important you begin this research early!
Step 2: Applying to the program
Once you've decided on a location & program, make another appointment with Jennifer in the CEL. This is when you'll recieve an institutional application. Depending on the type of study away opportunity, you may have multiple applications to fill out. Jennifer can help you navigate this process. This is also a time to discuss course work you'd like to take abroad and how it will transfer-in for your graduation requirments.
**Intenational students will also need to consult with Adan De La Paz, International Student Services Coordinator, as there are extra procedures for travel.
Turn in all your application materials! Bring your institutional applicaiton back to the CEL to confirm all your applicaiton materials and then trun it into the Registrar (with a CEL staff member). Once you've completed the applicaiton process the host location will communicate with CEL staff for conduct verification, GPA reuqirements, etc.
Step 3: Prepare to Depart
Where are you studying abroad? Is the weather hot or cold? What should you pack or purchase? Will you need to change your cell phone plan.....? These are all important questions to consider before you leave. For support, either contact the C of I faculty member you are traveling with, CEL staff, or consult the host program's resources/contacts!