Steps Toward Studying Abroad
- Decide where you want to study and what you are looking for in a program (specific course of study? homestay? travel? language immersion?)
- Investigate program options in Main 308 and online.
- Meet with Professor Simone Pilon, Director of International Studies, to talk about options.
- Meet with your academic advisor. Based on your four-year plan, determine when you can study abroad and if there are any specific academic requirements you must satisfy while you are abroad.
- Meet with Financial Aid to discuss the financial feasibility of your various options.
- Discuss your plans with your parents, significant other, friends, coach, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, and any other person whose opinion you value.
- Apply for the program(s) of your choice. Be advised that application deadlines and GPA requirements vary significantly.
- Apply for a passport.
- Apply for Franklin College scholarships for study abroad. The application deadline is April 15 of the previous academic year.
- Select your courses with your academic advisor.
- Complete an "Application for Off-Campus Approval," available at the Academic Records Office on the 1st floor of Old Main.
- If you will be completing all or part of your last 30 hours abroad, you must complete a "Petition to the Academic Rules Committee," available at the Academic Records Office.
- Complete the "Student Travel Certification and Acknowledgments."
- Make arrangements with Residence Life for housing for the semester you will be on campus.
- Make travel arrangements and apply for a visa, if necessary.
- Visit your family doctor or a travel medicine specialist, if necessary.
- Attend the Intercultural Preparation classes offered on campus.
- Read the "Student Guide to International Study and Travel."
Alert the Academic Records Office if the courses you are taking are different from those listed on the "Application for Off-Campus Approval."
Before registration for the next semester begins, communicate with your academic advisor and send your list of courses via email to Brooke Worland, Registrar.
When You Return...
Read the online documents to help you adjust to being home. Attend the programs offered by Franklin College to help with a smooth transition home. Complete an evaluation of your study abroad experience.