Considering studying abroad? Start planning today!

Did you know that some study abroad programs require you to have your application materials submitted as early as the first week of October? Fear not! We have some suggestions to help you get started.
Studying abroad offers you a chance to take in a new culture, develop yourself personally and professionally, and make friendships that could last a lifetime. If you’re considering studying abroad spring semester, there’s no better time to start the process than today. In fact, some programs have deadlines that fall very early in the academic year, which means you need to get started now! To help you out, we’ve put together a list of a few things you can do to get ahead of the game.

  • Complete the First Step tutorial online or in person. You probably have a lot of questions about the overall process and where to start. These sessions will provide you with excellent insight and help you decide if going abroad is the right choice for you.
  • Research programs that interest you and know their deadlines. It’s good to have a few potential programs in mind. You should also reflect on what kind of experience you hope to have. Consider how it aligns with your academic and personal goals. Also, timing is critical. Some programs will require you to have an application submitted no later than October. Pay attention to deadlines and plan accordingly.
  • Schedule meetings with your academic advisor or department to discuss your plans. Your advisor can help you evaluate how going abroad will influence future registration decisions. Your advisor may also have suggestions for how to structure your academic experience while abroad.
  • Attend a Fall Semester CSE Study Abroad Information Session. There are some destinations that tend to fit well with CSE majors. Attending one of these sessions will provide you with additional options you might not have considered, particularly if you wish to take technical courses while abroad.
  • Start saving money and reviewing your financial options. We recognize that cost is a large factor in your decision, but it might not be as limiting as you think. There is a common misconception that financial resources are not available to students who wish to go abroad. Not true! Be sure to take a look at scholarship and grant possibilities. Also, once you know the program you wish to pursue, you can set some savings goals.

As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do now to prepare to go abroad. Of course, we’re happy to help you with any additional questions you might have. Feel free to connect with your academic advisor, the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center, or the CSE International Programs Director, Adam Pagel, for more information.