Office of International Education

Getting Started

Studying Abroad - What do I do next?

You have taken the first step by viewing the Office of International Education’s website for information about going overseas. Please follow the steps below if you would like to study abroad.  For a more complete list, check our Study Abroad Calendar & Checklist or find even more information in the Center for Online Education Step-by-Step Guide to Studying Abroad

  1. Attend an information session or check out the powerpoint to Study Abroad 101
  2. Research types of programs and complete the Study Abroad Pre-planning worksheet and submit by email or in person at  WU145.  Ask yourself, what type of program is right for me?
  3. Sign up for the Newsletter/Email list to receive information tailored to you. 
  4. Read the Study Abroad Policies and Procedures Manuel
  5. Visit  Walb 145. Please be ready to articulate your academic, personal, and career goals.
  6. Discuss your study abroad plans with your Academic Advisor to discuss which classes you should take and what term to go.  See questions to ask on How to Transfer Credit Page
  7. Complete and submit the IPFW General Study Abroad application
  8. Apply for a passport 
  9. Meet with Financial Aid (Kettler 103) to discuss financial aid options and complete the Consortium Agreement. See our Scholarships Page for other financial aid ideas and resources.
  10. Complete the specific program application.  The Office of International Education does not guarantee acceptance into any program or institution.
  11. Complete Study Abroad Course Approval Form   This form must be signed by your Academic Advisor and each department for transfer credit before you leave.  
  12. Attend all required pre-departure meetings


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Study Abroad 101 Powerpoint - How to get started

Study Abroad Pre-Planning Sheet - Fill out before first meeting

Study Abroad Application - for any program

Study Abroad Comparison Worksheet

Study Abroad Program Budget Worksheet

Study Abroad Funding/Scholarships worksheet

Study Abroad Calendar & Checklist

Study Abroad Handbook

IPFW Study Abroad Policies and Procedures

Study Abroad Course Approval Form

Abroad 101 Program Evaluation

AC Online Guide to Study Abroad: Resources and Advice

Program Directory

IPFW Study Abroad Programs

Indiana University Study Abroad
Purdue University Study Abroad  - Search Provider and Program Review site - Program Directory, blogs, advice, and resources

Mastodon Travels Study Abroad Newsletter