First Steps to Study Abroad

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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.


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?


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.

Shanghai, China Copenhagen, Denmark
Kōbe, Japan London, England
Machida, Japan Angers, France
  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

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

Mendoza, Argentina Adelaide, Australia Machida, Japan
Shanghai, China Shanghai, China Kōbe, Japan
Copenhagen, Denmark London, England  
Angers, France Paris, France  
Annecy, France Florence, Italy  
Lille, France Rome, Italy  
Paris, France “Three Cities”, Italy  
Berlin, Germany Kōbe, Japan (Spring only)  
Dublin, Ireland Machida, Japan (Spring only)  
Florence, Italy Seville, Spain  
Kōbe, Japan    
Seville, Spain    

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.

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

6. HOW

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  • 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