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Getting Started

Please review the following Study Abroad FAQs to familiarize yourself with answers to common questions.

1. Visit the Office of International Programs to discuss opportunities with an education abroad advisor.  
     You can find the current walk-in hours or schedule an appointment here

2. Understand the minimum requirements to be eligible to participate in a study abroad experience.
Our requirements are a minimum 2.5 GPA and good conduct standing. If you have questions or concerns about these requirements, please speak to an Education Abroad Advisor in advance of the UT application deadlines.


3. Research programs through the Find My Program page.  
Search programs and consider your goals and expectations for education abroad. Our office recommends using the advanced search; we have over 1,000  programs in our system, so start broad with what search parameters you select, then narrow the program selection down, by country, term, and area of study. 

4. Talk to your Academic Advisor in your major
 Let him/ her know that you are planning to study abroad and discuss how this opportunity fits into your 4-year plan. Please also keep in mind the following important   academic and personal considerations for your study abroad experience:
Academic Personal
GPA/ Conduct Eligibility Disability Considerations
Foreign Language Ability/ Program requirements Mental Healthcare
Timeline for application process Medications/ Prescriptions
Financial Aid Political Environment
Scholarships Identity- LGBTQ and Gender
Major/ Minor Requirements Identity- Race and Nationality
UT Requirements Identity- Religion/ Spirituality
Internship and volunteer opportunities Dating/ Relationships Abroad
Timing of the program; Summer, semester, Academic Year? How does this fit into your 4-year plan? Housing
5. Talk to your Financial Aid counselor 
It is important to speak with your financial aid counselor to determine if and how your financial aid package can be applied toward study abroad.

6. Research Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

7. Complete the UT application for approval to study, intern, or volunteer abroad
You will only need to apply to one program. If you apply on time and meet all program requirements you will likely be accepted. The only instance we would recommend having a back-up program would be in the case of a GPA concern (some programs require a GPA higher than 2.5, such as 2.75 or 3.0).

8. Apply to your program abroad directly through your program provider

This application will be more in depth than your UT application for study abroad. Here are the links to UT's affiliated program providers: 
ASA-Academic Studies Abroad
API-Academic Programs International
Barcelona SAE
Florida State University
Global Experiences

ISA-International Studies Abroad
Loyola University - Rome Center
Loyola University - Vietnam Center
Sea Semester
Semester at Sea
Spanish Studies Abroad
SFS-School for Field Studies
TEAN-The Education Abroad Network
Temple University
The Beijing Center
The Intern Group

9. Complete your Course Approval Forms 
Your Education Abroad Advisor will explain the Course Approval process during the Study Abroad Prep meeting. Your course approval forms and department chair list will be available to you in your application.  This process takes time, so you should allow 3-4 weeks to get these completed. Once all of them are complete, you will upload  them into your application portal and your transient form will be created by your EA advisor.

10.Transient Form Pick Up 
Once your EA Advisor completes your transient form, you will be notified to pick it up in the International Programs Office.  Signatures will be needed from you and your Faculty Advisor before dropping the form at the Registrar's Office.  If you have Senior Status (90+ hours), a signature will be required from the Director of Academic Advising.
11. Mandatory Pre-departure session
Once you complete the Study Abroad application, you will be notified of the available pre-departure sessions.  It is mandatory you attend one of the offered sessions as they cover important topics such as health & safety abroad, taking care of business before leaving campus, and cultural adjustment. This is also a good opportunity to meet other students going abroad.

12. Review important information regarding Study Abroad Transcripts

12. Consult these checklists to ensure you stay on track with your application:

Download & print here: 
Study Abroad Planning Guide: Pre-Decision
Study Abroad Planning Guide: Post-Decision

13. Ensure you make proper travel preparations for your experience abroad

Please watch the video below for important information regarding Passports and Visas:

Please make sure to watch the video below for direction on how to register with the US Department of State: