Step 3: Where to Begin
The Pre-Application Process
- Reflect on your reasons for studying abroad, what you're looking for in a location, and what you are hoping to gain from the experience (e.g. language acquisition, resume building, cultural experience, personal development, etc.).
- Review the websites of American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), and Central College Abroad to find out information about the programs they offer, including dates and locations, coursework, internships, etc.
- Attend an Information Session - The Information Session is your first step in the study abroad process. To find out when the next Information Session will be, please check the foreign study website. You'll learn about different program options, the step-by-step process for planning a successful study abroad experience and about the ways we can assist you. You'll also hear from students who have recently returned from study abroad programs.
- Obtain/Renew Passport - You must have a current, valid passport to study abroad.
- Learn about your country/countries of interest. Do you know anything about the people, government, cities, culture, religion, etc.? Knowing a little more about locations will help you to make an educated decision about your study abroad destination.
- Visit the Foreign Study Office to pick up brochures and discuss programming options. Make an appointment with the Director of Foreign Study for more in-depth program information.
- Discuss Finances - Meet with parents and the Office of Financial Aid to determine the best way to fund a program and begin budgeting. While discussing issues related to finances, please consider the following items: program cost (housing, tuition, meals, etc.), international travel costs (international airfare, ground transportation), in-country travel costs (excursions not included in program cost), passport fees, visa fees, inoculations. In addition to your financial aid, you may be also be able to secure scholarships to cover these costs.
- Meet with your Academic Advisor - Discuss how to integrate study abroad coursework with degree requirements.