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Before You Apply

Before applying, we recommend that you note the following:

  • Many of our programs are competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. To have the best opportunity to get into the most competitive programs, follow these steps.
  • Come to meet with us during one (or more!) of our upcoming events:
    • Studies Abroad Open House in the Bauccio Commons on Wednesday, September 6th during Espresso UP. We will have representatives for each of our programs, as well as from other offices on campus such as financial aid and the language departments.
    • UP Activities Fair on Friday, September 1st.
    • Orientation Info Sessions for incoming freshman and their families during UP Orientation on August 25th, 26th, and 27th.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or one of the Study Abroad liaisons in your academic department to discuss your plans for going abroad. They can discuss which semesters and programs might best fit with your academic plan of study.

While completing your application:

  • Write your essays first in Word or another application so you can save them. Then, when you are happy with the essay, cut and paste it into the application. The essay questions are below.
  • If you have problems with the application, please contact with the words "application problems" in the subject of your email.

Essay Questions

Studying abroad on UP programs is a rewarding experience. Accordingly, the application process is competitive and students do not always get into their first choice destination. Applications are evaluated on a holistic basis and the student's academic performance, disciplinary record, recommendations, and essays are all considered.

For students who are eager to begin the application process, you should start thinking about these two essay prompts. Your answer to these questions will be used when evaluating your application. Consider writing several drafts of these essays in Word and saving them so that you can cut and paste your responses into the application when it goes live. The limit for the essays will be 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).

1. How have your life experiences prepared you to for the rigors of study abroad, and what will you do specifically this year to prepare yourself to reach your personal, academic, and professional goals while studying abroad as a UP student?
2. Use three separate sentences to articulate what your personal learning objectives will be on this international education experience. For each sentence, be specific, original, and use active voice and first person (e.g. I will learn how to develop my Chinese language skills to the extent that I can speak in public with confidence, collaborate with Chinese-speaking peers, and function successfully in a professional environment in China).


Students should begin applying early for a passport if they do not already have one. US students can begin the passport application process online.

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