Steps to Studying Abroad
Are you considering study abroad, but don't know where to begin? Below are eight steps to get you started!
1. Think about why you want to study abroad
Why has study abroad peaked your interest? What do you hope to accomplish during your time abroad? What are your goals for your study abroad experience? All students decide to study abroad for different reasons, what are your reasons? Completing a Signature Learning Experience, challenging yourself in new classes, improving your language proficiency, building your resume, volunteering in a different country, exploring new places, as well as learning about a new culture all are excellent reasons to consider studying abroad!
2. Talk to your academic advisor
As you soon as you think about studying abroad, let your academic advisor know. The earlier you make them aware that you’re interested in potentially exploring this opportunity, the earlier they can help you identify the best time for you to go abroad. Your academic advisor will be able to help you map out your courses during your time at E-town and help identify strong programs for your major, minor and/or career aspirations.
3. Attend a Study Abroad 101 session
This session is a great introduction to study abroad at E-town! This presentation covers the basics of studying abroad, including the steps to get started, how to select a program, finances, scholarships, how to apply and more! A recent study abroad student leads the presentation, so you’ll have the opportunity to ask them about their adventures abroad. For the spring 2018 semester, Study Abroad 101 is presented in Nicarry 212 every Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m.
All students are required to attend a Study Abroad 101 sessions before scheduling a meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor.
4. Meet with E-town’s Study Abroad Advisor
E-town’s Study Abroad Advisor, Megan Bell ‘14 is available to help you through the entire study abroad process, from researching programs to preparing for your departure. The Study Abroad Advisor can help you narrow down your program choices, review the application process, explain study abroad finances, shares scholarship opportunities, discuss how credits transfer back to E-town and more. Megan accepts appointments every weekday from 2-4 p.m. You can schedule an appointment with her here. If this timeframe does not work for your schedule, please email Megan to select an alternative time to meet.
5. Decide where you want to go
The Study Abroad Office encourages you to talk to recent study abroad alumni, the Study Abroad Office’s peer advisors, family and friends about your decision to go abroad and assistance in selecting a program. You should also review history and current news about your intended host country and city, as well as study abroad resources to help you identify the program that is the best fit for you academically and personally. To begin reviewing your program options, you can explore the College’s affiliated semester and year programs, as well as our faculty-led and other winter and summer programs.
6. Secure financial aid
It is important that you understand how study abroad finances work and allow time to budget for your time abroad. You can learn about study abroad finance policies through our website, but please be mindful that everyone’s financial aid package is different. Therefore, all students are encouraged to meet with Jennifer Behmer, Associate Director of Financial Aid, to learn how much of your financial aid and scholarships will or will not transfer to your study abroad experience.
7. Complete the E-town Study Abroad application
Once you’ve decided that you want to study abroad, you’ll need to complete the College’s study abroad application. This is a simple application, where you indicate that you plan to study abroad in a future term, let the Study Abroad Office know which program you’re interested in attending and why you selected it. To review study abroad eligibility requirements, application deadlines and other important information, check out our ‘Apply to Study Abroad’ webpage. You can begin your application through the 'Apply to Study Abroad' webpage or the 'Apply Now!' button on the Study Abroad Office homepage.
8. Apply to your intended study abroad program
Once you’ve completed all the prior steps and been approved by the College to study abroad, you can apply to your desired program. Your program will not be able to accept you, until they know the College has approved your decision to go abroad, so you’ll need to be mindful of these steps when approaching deadlines.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Study Abroad Office by contacting the Study Abroad Advisor or Peer Advisor, or stopping by Nicarry 117 & 118 during business hours.