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Taking Those First Steps!
The Study Abroad process can become a bit overwhelming. Here is a checklist to keep you on track.
Step 1: Browse the website, get interested. Once you feel a hint of interest (which you probably have since you are reading this), proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Complete one of the following Interest Forms:
Once you complete the Interest form, print it, and return it to the Center for Global Engagement by the appropriate deadline. This does not commit you to anything. It is simply a way for us to know that you are interested, and it will put you on our communication list. You will then receive emails about upcoming informational sessions, training dates, and other important information and activities.
Step 3: Stop by the Center for Global Engagement to discuss how your study abroad credits will fit into your checksheet.
Note: Even if you do not plan on studying abroad for another year or two - meet with us! It is better to start early because you will have more flexibility with your checksheet.
*A few words of advice - save electives and general courses (i.e. Economics, Psychology, Principles of Marketing, Principles of ...) to take while you are abroad.
Step 4: Make sure that you have a valid passport. Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for up to six months after your entry or return from their country. This means you have to check your passport expiration date carefully. For example, if your passport expires on November 1, 2011, and you want to travel that coming May, you will need to renew your passport before you go.
Step 5: At this point, check your email and don't miss the first training session. It is usually during the week. There you will receive the necessary paperwork (don't worry, it's really not that hard), and a more detailed checklist for the paperwork and procedures.