Step 1: Choose a Program or Opportunity
Attend the Fall Study Away Fair 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 from past participants.
Make an appointment with the PEAK Center to have any questions answered and receive help navigating various 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.
You should also consider the following questions about the experience outside of academics:
- Do you prefer small towns or the big city life?
- Do you want to outdoor activities, like hiking or 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: Apply to the Program
Once you've decided on a location and program make another appointment with the PEAK Center. This is when you'll receive an institutional application. Depending on the type of study away opportunity you may have multiple applications to fill out. The PEAK Center 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 requirements.
International students also need to consult with the Multicultural Affairs office, as there are extra procedures for travel.
Turn in all your application materials! Bring your institutional application back to the PEAK Center to confirm all your application materials and then turn them into the Registrar's office. Once you've completed the application process, the host location will communicate with PEAK Center staff for conduct verification, GPA requirements, 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, talk to PEAK Center staff or consult the host program's resources and contacts!