Steps to Study Abroad for undergraduate and graduate SIS students

  1. Explore program offerings.
    Your journey abroad begins with deciding where to go and for how long to go. With dozens of options for graduate (including program match recommendations) and undergraduate SIS students to choose from, including internships, students should review all the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) offerings available to them to decide which programs best fit your study abroad goals, expectations, and academic interests.
  2. Make an appointment with OIP.
    After you’ve reviewed and narrowed down your options, make an appointment with the OIP. A staff member will discuss specific details about your program(s) of interest and can address your questions about studying abroad, financing your time abroad, how to make the most of your experience, and offer resources to help you plan your journey.
  3. Contact your academic advisor.
    Academics are a vital component of your study abroad experience. Set an appointment with your advisor to discuss which programs best suit your academic interest and degree requirements, and when the best time is for you to go abroad.
  4. Apply to a program.
    Once you’ve found the program that’s right for you, apply online. All students are required to provide a personal statement, a list of completed relevant course work, a faculty recommender, an unofficial AU transcript, resume, and a completed academic advisor approval form.
  5. Get accepted.
    OIP will notify you of your acceptance status to the program for which you have applied.
  6. Prepare to go abroad.
    At this time, you should begin exploring scholarships, fellowships, and grants that might assist your financial planning while abroad. Connect with a Global Networks peer advisor or international student mentor who can provide insight and guidance on your upcoming trip. All accepted students are required to check in with OIP prior to their journey and should contact OIP to set up a pre-departure meeting.

    Students who are underrepresented in study abroad programs based on disability, military service, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, home country, or first-generation status should review resources available to them while they are abroad.
  7. Join our Global Networks Program.
    After your trip, share your experience with OIP and other students interested in a similar OIP program. Become a Global Networks peer advisor or international student mentor to work with prospective study abroad students and grow your professional network.