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Steps to Study Abroad

Steps for Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Study Abroad on an SIS Program

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1. Learn About Our Programs

You are expected to first research all opportunities available on the Office of International Programs (OIP) web site to evaluate your options before making an appointment with OIP staff.

Undergraduate Students: You may select from semester abroad and dual degree options.

Graduate Students: You may select from summer programs, semester abroad and dual degree options.

2. Contact Us

After you have identified a program(s) of interest, you should then contact OIP with questions or arrange an appointment with OIP staff to further discuss these opportunities.

3. Academic Advising

Contact your academic advisor to discuss the following:

  • Which option(s) best suits your academic program.
  • When the best time is for you to go abroad.
  • Which degree requirements would be met while abroad.

4. Application Deadlines

Review the application deadlines to plan ahead for when you will submit your application. Complete the selected program's online application which can be found on the program's webpage. 

5. Apply Online

Complete the selected program’s online application which can be found on the program’s web page. You will need to provide a personal statement, a list of completed relevant course work, the name of a faculty recommender, an unofficial AU transcript, your résumé, and a completed academic advisor approval form.

6. Notification

Wait to receive notice from OIP to learn if you have been selected for the program.

Semester Abroad and Dual Degree Applicants Only: Wait to learn if you will be nominated to the program. If nominated, follow instructions provided by OIP to complete the host institution's application. With support from OIP, you will complete the host institution's application and then wait to receive notice from that institution to confirm your acceptance to the program. 

7. Pre-Departure Meeting

Prior to the start of your program abroad you will be required to attend a pre-departure meeting with the OIP staff to better prepare you for your study abroad experience. This will be an opportunity for you to receive more detailed information about the program, gain a better sense of what to expect and what is expected of you, and ask the staff or past participants more detailed questions. This meeting typically takes place at the end of the semester prior to your program.

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