First Steps to Study Abroad

You want to study abroad, but you don’t know where to start? With 25 current programs in 19 locations, and four possible terms from which to choose, it can be overwhelming. This is why we’ve designed the following questionnaire/worksheet to help you narrow your options, plan for your study abroad experience, and turn your goal into an achievement!

Print and complete the worksheet, and bring it with you when you meet with a Study Abroad advisor. Or, check the Study Abroad calendar for the next scheduled First Steps Workshop.

1. WHAT

Which of your graduation requirements do you want to fulfill while you’re studying abroad? Do you need general education, focus requirements (E, O, or W), major, or elective credits? Do you want to study a foreign language or take courses in English?

2. WHY

What is your primary motivation to study abroad? What do you hope to get out of the experience and what are some of your main concerns?

3. WHERE

Is there a region or country that you have always wanted to visit? The Study Abroad Center has established programs in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania.

ASIA EUROPE
Shanghai, China Copenhagen, Denmark
Delhi, India London, England
Kōbe, Japan Angers, France
Machida, Japan Annecy, France
Lille, France
Paris, France
LATIN AMERICA Berlin, Germany
Mendoza, Argentina Dublin, Ireland
Florence, Italy
Rome, Italy
OCEANIA “Three Cities”, Italy
Adelaide, Australia Tuscania, Italy
Seville, Spain
Stockholm, Sweden

4. WHEN

When would you like to study abroad? This coming Fall, or next Spring? Do you prefer Semester, Summer, or Academic Year-long programs?

SUMMER SEMESTER ACADEMIC YEAR
Mendoza, Argentina Adelaide, Australia Machida, Japan
Copenhagen, Denmark Shanghai, China Kōbe, Japan
Angers, France Copenhagen, Denmark
Annecy, France London, England
Lille, France Paris, France
Paris, France Delhi, India (Fall only)
Berlin, Germany Florence, Italy
Dublin, Ireland Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy “Three Cities”, Italy
Tuscania, Italy Kōbe, Japan (Spring only)
Kōbe, Japan Machida, Japan (Spring only)
Seville, Spain Seville, Spain
 Stockholm, Sweden

5. WHO

Do you prefer living with a homestay family or in a dorm/apartment? With a homestay, you take meals with the host family; if you live in a dorm or apartment, you prepare your own meals.

HOMESTAY DORM/APARTMENT
Mendoza, Argentina Adelaide, Australia
Copenhagen, Denmark Shanghai, China
Angers, France Copenhagen, Denmark
Annecy, France London, England
Paris, France Lille, France
Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Delhi, India Dublin, Ireland
Florence, Italy “Three Cities”, Italy
Rome, Italy Tuscania, Italy
Machida, Japan Machida, Japan
Kōbe, Japan  Stockholm, Sweden
Seville, Spain
Stockholm, Sweden

6. HOW

7. NEXT STEPS

  • Meet with your college and major academic advisors to see what requirements you still need to fulfill.
  • Complete this worksheet and bring it to the Study Abroad Center to meet with an advisor to discuss your options.
  • Attend a “First Steps to Study Abroad: Study Abroad 101” workshop (please check calendar, and look out for email blasts, for event details).
  • Attend a “Funding Your Study Abroad Program” workshop (please check calendar, and look out for email blasts, for event details).
  • Attend program-specific informational meetings (please check program pages and calendar, and look out for email blasts, for event details).
  • Apply for a passport
  • Learn as much as possible about the host country and culture in which you want to study abroad.

Updated Jan. 12, 2016

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