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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 and complete the Study Abroad Pre-planning worksheet and submit by email studyabroad@ipfw.edu or in person at  WU145.  Also, sign up for the Newsletter/Email list to receive information tailored to you. 
  2. Read the Study Abroad Policies and Procedures Manuel
  3. Visit  Walb 145. Please be ready to articulate your academic, personal, and career goals.
  4. Discuss your study abroad plans with your Academic Advisor to discuss which classes you should take and what term to go.
  5. Complete and submit the Study Abroad application (if you have not already) and the program application.  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. See our Scholarships Page for other financial aid ideas and resources.
  8. Complete Study Abroad Course Approval Form with you Academic Advisor.   This form must be signed by your Academic Advisor and each department for transfer credit before you leave.  
  9. 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.).
  10. Send the OIE and your Academic Advisor a final 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.)
  11. Attend all pre-departure orientations coordinated by our office and your program provider.
  12. 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.
  1. Prior to returning from your study abroad program, ensure an official sealed transcript from the host institution is mailed to:
           Study Abroad Advisor
          Office of International Education, Walb 145
          Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
             U.S.A.
  1.  Upon your return, come to Walb 145 for the the re-entry session, finalize credit transfers, and fill out the program evaluation.
  2. 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.