The Study Abroad Process
____ Review this checklist in its entirety.
____ Schedule an advising appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
____ Explore available study abroad program options at abroad.eiu.edu
____ Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your study abroad plans.
____ Choose your top 2 study abroad programs (one as a back-up).
____ Submit an online application through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) by 11:59PM on the appropriate deadline.
____ Complete your host school application process and adhere to their deadlines, as well as EIU's study abroad deadlines.
____ Research study abroad scholarship, grant, and tuition waiver opportunities through the Office of Study Abroad, the Pine Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology, and other EIU departments.
____ Upon admission to your program, complete your online post-decision application questionnaires & upload your completed forms and materials to your study abroad application.
____ Pay your study abroad commitment deposit by the appropriate deadline to secure your spot.
____ Check your EIU email regularly and maintain communication with the OSA.
____ Ensure your cell phone number is listed in your PAWS account so the OSA can contact you.
____ Apply for grants and scholarships by the appropriate deadline and starting saving your money.
____ Apply for a passport at least 3 months before departure.
____ Verify visa requirements for your host country through the appropriate consulate or embassy and ensure that you obtain the proper entry visa, if applicable.
____ Meet with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to discuss using your financial aid package for study abroad.
____ Submit a signed Study Abroad Budget Worksheet and Agreement to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with accompanying program cost & budget information. (Signed by a Study Abroad Advisor).
____ Verify immunization requirements/recommendations for your host country through your doctor and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
____ Obtain course pre-approval from your Academic Advisor and the appropriate Department Chair to take your study abroad courses for EIU credit. Submit a signed Course Approval Form to the Office of Study Abroad. (Signed by you, your academic advisor, and the appropriate department chair).
____ Enroll in courses through your host school.
____ Attend pre-departure meetings with your faculty leader (if applicable).
____ Attend pre-departure orientation with the Office of Study Abroad.
____ Check in to your housing.
____ Attend on-site orientation at your host school.
____ Pay any bills owed to your host school or provider according to their deadlines
____ Complete all required coursework.
____ Request that your official transcripts are sent to the Office of Study Abroad.
____ Enroll in the Study Abroad Capstone STA 4000G for 1 credit hour to fulfill your senior seminar requirement (applies to non-honors students).
____ Update your resume to reflect your international education experience.
____ Complete a program evaluation.
____ Get involved- Study Abroad Society, alumni and ambassadors associations through providers, study abroad fairs, Study Abroad Ambassador service hours.
____ Spread the word- talk with your classmates, friends, and family about your experience.
____ Keep in touch with the friends you made in your host country, including your host family.