Application Instructions


Steps to Apply for Study Abroad

*Please note that students should start looking into study abroad programs approximately one year before they would like to go!

Students from all undergraduate and graduate programs, who meet the minimum cumulative average of 70% are eligibile to apply to study abroad.

Students who have a cumulative average between 67-69% can apply, but you will have to complete the additional 'Request for Exemption' section of the online application that will ask you to outline the circumstances that affected your grades (such as health issues, a death in the family, a personal or family crisis, or recent diagnosis of a learning disability).

All students must first attend an info session in order to get access to the online application.

Info sessions are a general overview of all programs, deadlines, and things you should consider when aplying to study abroad. They run each week from September-January and we will offer some program specific sessions (for field schools and others) so be sure to watch our social media for more information!  Find out more and register for an info session here.

In early December we will post the number of spots available at each of our partner institutions here.

Use this information to help you rank your top five choices. Destinations with more spots available are generally less competitive than those with only a few spots available. For competitive locations, students with the highest cumulative average will be placed first. If you are choosing competitive locations, we recommend placing them among your top choices and selecting some less competitive options for the remaining choices. 

Note: if you plan to apply for a summer program and a semester exchange program you will only submit ONE application. Rank your summer program first, with you semester exchange choices after. Also make sure you check the box on the online application that asks if you would like to be considered for two programs. 

Online Applications: The vast majority of our study abroad programs will require you to complete the online application through our office. These applications will become available in early Decemeber. Students will receive an email from the CIP office once they have been added to and have access to the online application. This email will also include more detailed application instructions.

Note: you will be able to start the application, save your progress, and complete/submit it later. However, don't forget to come back and submit it before the deadline! 

Paper Applications: The Consortium Exchange programs, whether that is an exchange semester, research program, or summer lanuage program, require a paper application. You can find links to the paper applications in the appropriate sections of out website. Be sure to follow the specific instructions on the application and attach all required documents.

**All paper applications must be submitted to the CIP office by 4:30pm on the due date.

Use the chart below to ensure you submit the correct applicaiton type by the appropriate deadline.

Study Abroad Program Application Type Deadline
Online  Paper
Exchange X   24 January 2020
Consortium Exchange X X 24 January (O) & 17 January (P)
Summer Exchange X   24 January 2020
Summer Field Schools X   24 January 2020
Summer Language and Culture   X 14 February 2020
Research - ORA & OBW   X 4 December 2019
Research - OJS & OIN   X 17 January 2020
Research - Liverpool X   24 January 2020
Research - Bremen & Hohenheim   X 4 December 2019

**All paper applications must be submitted to the CIP office by 4:30pm on the due date.

Sometimes waiting this is a the hardest step! Between the application deadline in January and acceptance day in March the CIP office will be working hard to place students. During this time we would encourage you to check out travel scholarships and bursaries. As well as start putting together a realistic budget for yourself. Information about financial considerations for studying abroad can be found here.

Please note that when we start placing students we will close the application portal, therefore, you will not be able to see the application that you submitted. Don't panic, we have your application and are just reviewing it to place you somewhere! 

This is a very exciting day!! 

You will receive an email the night before acceptance day telling you to come into the CIP office the next day to pick up your placement information! You will not be able to check your placement online, you will have to come into our office, pick up your envelope, and celebrate with us! 

If you are unable to pick up your envelope in person, please call or email us on/after acceptance day and we can make arrangements for you. 

You will have one week after Acceptance Day to accept or reject your offer through the same portal in which you submitted the application.

If you received two offers, you must accept/reject each offer individually.