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