Steps to Study Abroad
Attend a Study Abroad Info Session
Find out your responsibilities
Find out the guidelines for studying abroad
Possibly schedule an advising appointment with Tisha Temple, Director of Intercultural Learning or Cortney Carlson, Intercultural Learning Coordinator
Research Study Abroad
Think about your goals for studying abroad
What do I want to learn?
What academic requirements do I still nee do fulfill: major, minor, general education, general electives?
What courses must be taken at Southwestern?
What courses may be taken abroad?
How important is learning a language?
Do I want an academic internship?
What are my non-academic goals: personal and/or professional?
Do I want to volunteer while abroad?
In what region of the world do I want to be?
Do I want to be in a big city or a small town?
Geographically within my choice country/ies, where do I want to be: on the coast, in the mountains, on the plains?
What is the weather like in my choice city/ies during the term I will be abroad?
What does the city have to offer outside of the classroom that I’m interested in : outdoor activities, cultural activities, etc.?
Where do I want to live; in a homestay, apartment, residence hall?
In what type of academic environment do I want to study; do I want to study in a university, academic center, with locals, with international students, with SU students?
Search through the approved program provider catalogs in the Resource Room in the Office of Intercultural Learning - Prothro Center - Room 233
Talk to your academic advisor
Talk to your family
Prepare a timeline
Look at your budget
Conduct an initial appointment with the office of intercultural learning
appointment slot, or Email the Office of Intercultural Learning to schedule an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make an appointment early - 2 semesters prior to the semester/term during which you’d like to study abroad is strongly recommended
Come to the appointment with several programs that you like, or at least with a country/continent in mind
Think about your goals for study abroad
hold follow-up advising appointments
Schedule as needed
These appointments will help you to narrow down your choice of country, city, provider, and program
If you do not do the aforementioned research ahead of time, you will likely need additional follow-up appointments…and thus, may not be able to study abroad during the semester/term during which you originally intended
complete and submit the appropriate su study abroad application
Access the appropriate SU Study Abroad Application:
Print and complete the application accordingly
Turn in your SU Study Abroad Application to the Office of Intercultural Learning by the appropriate deadline:
Fall semester study abroad = March 1st
Spring semester study abroad = October 1st
Summer term study abroad = February 1st
Complete and submit the approved program provider application (once approved)
If studying abroad with a program provider
Access, complete, and submit your program provider’s online application via their website
Just before clicking “Submit”, print a copy of your provider application and submit it to the Office of Intercultural Learning to add to your file
Please note that your study abroad program application may include a Home School Advisor Approval form, or Transcript Approval Form that must be completed by the Office of Intercultural Learning.
We will complete it and email it to your provider
Attend pre-departure ORIENTATION
You are REQUIRED to attend the orientation:
2 orientations for semester study abroad
1 orientation for summer study abroad
General information and suggestions
Receive all Southwestern pre-departure forms, along with an explanation of what information is required, and appropriate deadlines
submit southwestern pre-departure forms by deadline
Please start working on these as soon as possible
Your forms require various signatures and these individuals are not always readily available
submit program provider pre-departure forms by deadline (if studying abroad with a program provider)
keep in contact
Credit approval questions
Interesting stories or photos
Work hard, play hard, be safe, and have fun
COMPLETE SOUTHWESTERN PROGRAM EVALUATION
Helps future study abroad students to select a program
Helps us to discontinue using a program if there are too may problems or to suggest it if there is great feedback
You are REQUIRED to fill this out after you return