Before You Go

Before You Apply

Before beginning your application to study abroad, take the following steps to determine the program that best fits the experience you're looking for. 

  • Meet with your academic advisor or a Study Abroad Liaison to discuss how studying abroad will fit into your time at UP. Discuss when and where you see yourself going abroad, and any academic and personal goals you might have. 
  • Come meet us during office hours (8:30-4:30 M-TH) or at any or all of the following events:
    • Studies Abroad Open House at Espresso UP
    • Student Activities Fair, Friday of the first week of class
    • Orientation Info Session, during Freshman Orientation in August
  • Meet with a financial aid advisor or check out our financial aid resources to explore how to make studying abroad affordable. 
  • Consider what you are bringing and what you are seeking to gain from this experience
Book an appointment with a Studies Abroad Advisor

Please Note: Many of our programs are competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. To have the best opportunity to get into the most competitive programs, follow the steps above.

Complete Your Application

Once you have chosen a program, you should begin working on your application. Applications usually become available during the first week of fall semester, with a priority deadline of November 1. Students can expect to hear back about final decisions at the beginning of spring semester. Your application will be evaluated holistically based on your responses to the essay questions, academic performance, and disciplinary record. 

After Your Acceptance

Congratulations, you're going abroad! As you gear up for your international adventure, keep in mind the deadlines and pre-departure requirements for your program, and check frequently for communication from your program coordinator. To prepare for a successful experience, take the following steps: 

  • Make sure you have a valid Passport. Students should begin applying early for a passport if they do not already have one. US citizens can begin the passport application process online.
  • Check with your program coordinator to make sure you have all visa requirements completed.
  • Pay your deposit before the deadline to commit to your program. Check the Calendar for exact due dates. 
  • Submit all required paperwork on time. 
  • Attend all program-specific pre-departure sessions to learn about your program and the logistics of your time abroad. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with program alumni. 
  • Plan out the logistics of your arrival beforehand. Know your flight information and have a plan for lodging and transportation if you are arriving early or must get to your destination independently. 
    • All students with accommodations should also contact Amy immediately. Studies abroad will work with Accessible Education Services and our international partners to accommodate all students; however, some international facilities and partners may not be able to provide all services.
    • For students on financial aid, please contact Marija Hobbs, Financial Aid Counselor, with any questions regarding your finances.

  • Enroll in Maximizing Study Abroad for the spring semester before you leave. This weekly workshop explores common aspects of cross-cultural and intercultural experiences, culminating in an individualized plan each participant writes for their upcoming sojourn abroad. For more information about this course, contact Jeffrey White,, or visit the course webpage.
  • Educate yourself on the culture, language, and history of your host city and country. Check out the following resources for inspiration on how to jump in. 


Our office in BC 114 is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.