1-2: Meet with Advisor

by Jon SenderBack to Guide

Get signed up to meet with your university’s study abroad advisor! If you don’t know how to get in touch, Google your study abroad website and look up contact info, or ask someone where the office is and make an appointment in person. After coming back from an earlier trip to Israel mid-summer, I remember being so determined to return that I made a note to stop by the office the first day back in fall.

Your study abroad advisor can be highly resourceful, so take advantage of that. In your initial meeting, they’ll probably talk to you about where you want to go and why, offer some suggestions, and outline the acceptance process. Usually you apply to study abroad in general, and then apply directly to the institution overseas. Your advisor might need to run a check on your GPA or other criteria, but that’s pretty routine. My university only allowed students to study abroad if they had a 3.0 or better.

After this first meeting, the rest is pretty much on you because your advisor is not going to chase you down. If you have a question, your have to bring it up. Furthermore, you’ll have to put together your whole study abroad by yourself! And that’s why I created this guide—so you don’t have to.

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