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 Sessions guide you through the basics of going abroad. They 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
- Advisers can work one on one with you to discuss if learning abroad is right for you
- Advisers can assist you in selecting a program, considering academic and career implications, and discussing financial aid basics
- Advising Hours and Office Hours
Consult with Your Academic Adviser(s)
- Review the academic considerations section on your Learning Abroad Major Advising Page
- Discuss coursework abroad and how it might meet major and minor requirements
- 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
Talk to Your Parents
- It’s normal not to know what your parents will think of this study abroad idea, but since they’ll likely be paying at least part of the bill, it’s important to discuss it with them soon
- The Talking to Your Parents section provides rationale, explanations, and information for you and your parents on why this is an important component of your college experience
Schedule a Financial Aid Preview Meeting
- If you plan to use financial aid for your program, the Office of Student Finance will meet one-on-one with you to discuss how your financial aid package applies to the program you selected
- Consider inviting your parents to this meeting
- Call 612.624.1111 to schedule and be clear that it is for a "study abroad preview 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
- Free money is way better than loan money, and there is a lot of it out there for study abroad
- The Scholarships section of the website lists program discounts and Learning Abroad Center Scholarship information and features a search function for a wider look at what’s available
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