Study abroad timeline

Freshmen Year

  • Talk to your family
  • Start a financial plan: research scholarships, encourage family/friends to give monetary gifts for birthday and holidays
  • Contemplate and reflect on goals for studying abroad: academic, career, cultural and personal
  • Research countries and cities of interest
  • Meet with academic advisors to discuss your plans to study abroad
  • Apply/renew your passport, if necessary (your passport should be valid 6 months after your intended return date). See US Department of State website.


Sophomore Year

  • Limit your choices to three locations and do more intensive research (where will you live, meal options, chances of exploration, classroom settings, etc.)
  • Speak with program alumni about their experiences (returnee events in Jan/Feb)
  • Review application procedures and make certain you will potentially meet eligibility requirements
  • Apply to Pro-School when eligible
  • Join COB Inc (International Network Club)


Junior Year

  • Outline your goals and objectives (see Freshmen year)
    • Why do you want to go abroad?
    • What would you like to gain from this experience?
  • Meet with advisor and draft a graduation plan that includes your term abroad.
  • Business students going on IB Option exchange – schedule BA352, BA360 and BA390 to be completed before going abroad
  • Note application deadlines:
    • October 5th for Spring Business - Germany
    • January 20th for Fall Business exchanges
    • Design programs – check with Design advisor but typically due by March 1st
  • Complete applications – prepare for interviews
  • Join or continue membership in COB Inc (International Network Club)


Senior Year

  • This is most common year to go abroad (for Business students) - would have applied in Junior year
  • Not too late to consider applying, though:
    • Consider going on exchange after completing all major and bac core requirements; study abroad as your final college experience
    • Maybe a summer term abroad will fit into your plan
    • If double majoring, staying for 5th year – may still fit in your grad plan
  • If you went abroad, return to be a mentor to the next group
  • Join or continue membership in COB Inc (International Network Club)