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Steps to Study Abroad

Define your Objectives

  • Decide what kind of experience you want (study, volunteer, or internship)
  • Determine how the courses or experience will fit into your degree plan or benefit your professional goals

Program Search

  • Choose a program
    • Look over our "Choosing a Program" section
    • Read about the different program types (Faculty-Led, Reciprocal Exchange, Transfer Credit, Research/Intern/Volunteer) in our Program Types section
    • Use the Study Abroad Portal to view available programs
    • For Faculty-Led Programs, request a meeting with the faculty leader
    • For Independent, reciprocal exchange, or other programs request a meeting with a representative from International Programs
      • Before your meeting, think about what you want to do, where and when you want to go, and how long you want to go
      • Visit the International Programs Office to ask questions ranging from funding to course credit
    • Calculate and compare the costs of different programs that you are interested in

Meet with your Academic Advisor

  • Make sure the program you chose will benefit you academically
  • Ask what courses are permitted to be taken away from Tarleton and what courses must be taken on campus
  • If you chose an exchange, independent, or affiliated program be sure to fill out the Study Abroad Course Verification form so course so courses you take abroad will be entered correctly on your transcript.

Determine your Financial Aid Needs

  • Visit our Funding section
  • Meet with Financial Aid in the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your options
  • Complete a FAFSA application if you haven't already. Students must have current FAFSA on file to be considered for a study abroad scholarship, loans, and grants.

Research and Apply for Scholarships

  • Visit our Funding section to learn what scholarships are available
  • Note all eligibility requirements
  • Mark deadlines in your calendar

Apply for your Program

  • Complete the program application by the announced deadline
    • You can only have two active applications per term
  • Check for updates regarding your application status

Prepare to Depart

  • Apply or renew your passport
  • Apply for a visa if required
  • Attend program-specific meetings
  • Pay your program free by the announced due dates
  • Enroll in the appropriate courses
  • Attend a mandatory Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Research your destination to learn more about the culture, dress, weather, and food
  • Pack your suitcase
  • Finalize all last minute details

While Abroad

  • Make a list of what you want to accomplish while abroad
  • Keep in touch with family and friends
  • Be safe!
  • Get the most out of your experience

Return Home

  • Meet with an International Programs representative once your foreign transcript is received (if one will be issued for your program)
  • Enter photos into the annual Study Abroad Photography Contest held during the annual Study Abroad Fair
  • Network with fellow Texan study abroad returnees
  • Consider how your international experience can impact your career and professional goals
  • Consider going abroad again
  • Complete the survey on your experience abroad