10 Steps to Studying Abroad
1. Visit the Office of Study Abroad (OSA).Speak with a Peer Advisor in room 105 Lippincott Hall. Browse through the resource library, complete the online advising questionnaire, view program brochures and ask questions.
2. Investigate program options and inform yourself.
Define your goals for studying abroad and identify suitable programs. Learn about the country where you wish to study abroad. Talk with exchange students and study abroad returnees about their experiences.
3. Apply for your passport!
You should apply for your passport at this time. Passport applications take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Information on applying for a passport is available at: http://travel.state.gov/passport. Students may also apply on campus at the Office of International Programs, 300 Strong Hall.
4. Meet with a Study Abroad Program Coordinator.
Once you have determined what country and program you are interested in, make an appointment with the appropriate coordinator in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss your plans and the application process.
5. See your Academic Advisor.
Discuss how your proposed study abroad courses will fit in with your degree requirements and have your Academic Advisor sign your Academic Plan for Study Abroad.
6. Find out about financing your study abroad program.
All students considering using any form of financial aid and scholarships to fund their study abroad experience should speak with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Financial Aid and Scholarships office at the KU Visitor Center.
7. Apply Online!
Begin applying online for your program of choice the semester before you plan to go. The deadline for most Fall, Academic Year, and Summer programs is March 1, and the deadline for most Winter Break, Spring Break, or Spring programs is October 1. Check with your Program Coordinator for program-specific deadlines and application requirements.
8. You've been accepted!
Check your OSA online study abroad application and complete all necessary acceptance forms. Apply for your student visa (if necessary) and make travel plans.
9. Orient yourself.
Attend the mandatory OSA pre-departure orientation for a full day of program information and question-and-answer sessions with past participants. Read carefully all the information in your orientation packet and feel free to ask questions.
10. Pack your bags,
...say your good-byes, and go!