First Steps to Studying Abroad
Studying abroad is one of the most challenging and exciting experiences you will encounter as a college student. Planning to study abroad can be a little intimidating, so the process outlined below will help you to find the resources and people you will need as you embark on this adventure!
Consider your Priorities and Interests
- What do you hope to get out of your experience?
- Will you fulfill major or minor requirements while abroad, or will you take general education courses?
- Will you be on a budget?
- Would you like to improve in or learn a new language?
- Would you like to live with a host family, in an apartment, or in a residence hall?
- Would you prefer living in a busy city or in a quiet town?
- Will you incorporate an internship or service learning into your experience?
- Find out more about the study abroad options DeSales has for you.
- Check out and compare difference program providers. There are many options when choosing a program, make sure the one you choose has what you are looking for.
- Talk to your family. Be sure to discuss costs and financial aid. It is of the utmost importance to have the support of your family before and during your study abroad experience.
Meet with the Office of International Learning
- The Office of International Learning is located in room 101 in the McShea Student Center (next to the fitness center.) Walk-ins are welcome, or set up an appointment by e-mailing Brian.MacDonald@desales.edu, or call at 610-282-1100 ext. 1510.
Talk to Your Academic Advisor
- Discuss an academic plan integrating studying abroad with your graduation time line. Which semester or summer term might be best for you to go abroad?
- Determine courses you intend to take abroad, including electives, major requirements, minor requirements, and general education requirements
Research Funding Resources
- Depending on the program you choose, your financial aid may be different for your study abroad experience than a normal semester at DeSales.
- You should carefully review the resources available and information on the Study Abroad Financial Aid page.
Talk to Past Study Abroad Participants
- Their stories can help you imagine yourself abroad, and their experience can help you prepare for your exciting about the semester or summer abroad.
Submit an Application
- Make sure you meet the requirements to study abroad.
- Complete your application.
- You will be notified by e-mail whether or not you have been approved to study abroad.
- If approved, you will receive further instructions from the office of International Learning.