Education Abroad Office

before you go

night time view of cityPre-departure checklist

  • Apply for a passport

    • If you don’t have a passport, apply for one as soon as possible. The Center for International Studies and Programs office provides a passport service. For further information, please visit CISP Passport Information and Photos.
    • If you do have a passport, verify that it is valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program date. If it is not valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program, you will need to renew your passport.
    • For non-U.S. citizens, please visit the embassy/consulate website of your destination country to find out your specific requirements.



  • Apply for Scholarships

    • You can start applying for scholarships before you are accepted to your program of choice.
    • For more information, visit our Funding Study Abroad page.


  • Accessibility

    • Do you need to request an accommodation for accessibility?
    • This process can take some time and may require some creative logistical planning, so start this process immediately.


After being accepted to the program

    • Complete all the forms and paying a deposit, if applicable.
    • Attend pre-departure orientations.
    • Book your travel arrangements.
    • Visa/entry documents.
      • You may need a visa to study in your host country. It is your responsibility to verify the visa requirements of your host country and to obtain a visa if needed. Visit the embassy/consulate.
      • Visit the embassy/consulate website for your destination country to find a specific visa information.


2 weeks before departure

    • Scan any important documents and email them to yourself and a trusted individual.
    • Review your program itinerary and begin packing.
    • Attend any remaining pre-departure orientations or complete any pre-departure forms.
    • Inform your bank of your travel plans so that your account is not frozen for international activity that may otherwise appear fraudulent.
Last Updated: 3/23/23