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Studying Abroad

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.

  1. Research types of programs that interest you and complete the Study Abroad Pre-planning worksheet and submit by email studyabroad@ipfw.edu or in person at  WU145.
  2. Read the Study Abroad Policies and Procedures Manuel
  3. Visit the Office of International Education’s Study Abroad Advisor in Walb 145 to discuss study abroad options. Please be ready to articulate your academic, personal, and career goals. With your ambitions in mind, the Office of International Education will help you select the program that best meets your interests.
  4. While selecting a program, discuss your study abroad plans with your Academic Advisor to discuss which classes you should take and what term to go.
  5. Upon your decision on a program, complete and submit the Study Abroad application (if you have not already) and the program application.  The Office of International Education encourages all students to be aware of all deadlines, thoroughly read all information sent by the program provider/host institution, and remain in constant communication with the program provider/host institution throughout the application and pre-departure process. The Office of International Education does not guarantee acceptance into any program or institution.
  6. If you do not have a passport, apply for one. Instructions and applications can be found online at www.travel.state.gov
  7. Meet with Financial Aid (Kettler 103) to discuss financial aid options and complete the Consortium Agreement. In addition, contact the Office of International Education and your program provider for external scholarships.
  8. Have your Academic Advisor and Study Abroad Advisor assist you in completing the Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This is one of the most important documents for it lists the courses you plan to take while overseas and ensures appropriate credit transfer after you return.  This form must be signed by your Academic Advisor and each department for transfer credit before you leave.  
  9.  Submit the Study Abroad Course Approval Form to the Office of International Education, Walb 145.
  10. If you plan to reside in student housing when you return, schedule an appointment with with Student Housing to discuss housing arrangements for the proposed semester overseas and the semester you return.
  11. Acquire a visa if one is required for your host country. Your program should provide information on applying for a student visa. You can also refer to the consulate web site of the country you are planning to pursue your studies (http://travel.state.gov.).
  12. All students participating in an IPFW study abroad and/or student exchange program are required to enroll in the Purdue University student travel insurance. If your program offers medical insurance, bring a copy of the medical insurance card to the Office of International Education.
  13. After you have completely registered for all courses overseas, send the Office of International Education and your Academic Advisor a copy of your course schedule. If you enroll in a course that was NOT listed on your Study Abroad Course Approval Form you must email your Academic Advisor to have it approved to ensure appropriate transfer of credit. (This may have to be finalized after you arrive.)
  14. Make travel arrangements to the host country if your program does not provide it.  Check out our per-departure page resources for more information.
  15. Attend all pre-departure orientations coordinated by the Office of International Education and your program provider. The OIE will advise of the date, time, and location of the pre-departure the orientation.
  16. Register your trip with the US Department of State Smart Traveler Program
  17. Study the culture, history, and literature of your host country prior to your departure.  See last page of Handbook for links.
  18. Before you leave the United States, submit the following items to the Office of International Education TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR DEPARTURE:
      1. Copy of your acceptance letter.
      2. Copy of your passport and visa, if one is required for the host country.
      3. Copy of your flight itinerary.
      4. Copy of your Financial Aid Consortium Agreement.
      5. Copy of the Study Abroad Course Approval Form.

  17. Prior to returning from your study abroad program, ensure an official sealed transcript from the host institution is mailed to:

            Study Abroad Advisor
            Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
            Office of International Education, Walb 145
            2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
            Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

    18. Notify the Study Abroad Advisor upon your return from your program to conduct the re-entry session, finalize credit transfers, and fill out the program evaluation. In addition, integrate your experience into the  campus community by serving as a peer advisor, assisting with study abroad pre-departure orientations and study abroad fair, and/or contributing articles to the study abroad newsletter, Mastodon Travels.