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Learning Abroad Center
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 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

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

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements of the program, and it is in advance of the deadline, there typically is no reason to apply to more than one program

Talk to Your Parents

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

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

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