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How to Apply: Step by Step

  1. picture 6Meet with your academic advisor as early as possible. 
    • You advisor will help you to determine the best time to go abroad and what classes you will need to take. Typically, you will be advised to save your elective courses to take abroad. 
    • Almost all majors can go abroad for a full semester with proper planning. 
    • A 3.0 GPA is typically required for most study abroad programs.
  2. Ensure you have a valid passport.
    • To study abroad, your passport usually needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your expected return date.
    • Ask the Office of Global Education about country-specific visa information.
    • For more information, see "Travel Documents: Passports and Visas" under the Study Abroad Application Process tab on the left.
  3. Consider finances.
    • For a semester program: normal UofS tuition fees will be charged. Usually, any scholarships and financial aid you receive in a typical semester will also apply to your semester abroad. 
    • For a summer or intersession program: tuition varies based on program. Semester scholarships and financial aid will not apply. 
    • For more information, see "Study Abroad Finances" tab under the Planning to Study Abroad tab on the left. 
  4. Decide on a program.
    • Search programs under the Programs tab on the left. For information on limiting your search with filters, see the Searching for a Program? tab.
    • Decide on location and type of program (for more information, see "Types of Study Abroad Programs" under the Planning to Study Abroad tab on the left). 
    • Choose a program that offers courses you need and confirm with your academic advisor.
    • Take note of application deadlines.
    • Set up an appointment with the Office of Global Education (see Contact Us tab on the left).
  5. Plan to apply early.
    • Spring semester and Intersession applications are accepted starting in July and are due by the end of September.
    • Fall semester and Summer applications are accepted starting in January and are due by the end of February or March, depending on the program.
    • Apply early, as many host universities have limited spaces available and admission is offered on a rolling basis.
  6. Compile application materials.
    • Ask the Office of Global Education for a pin number to start the UofS application and for the host university application details.
    • Order an official transcript from the registrar's office.
    • Ask a faculty member for a recommendation.
    • Prepare supplementary materials, e.g. essays, forms, etc.
    • Complete the Study Abroad Course Approval Form with your academic advisor to determine how study abroad credits will apply to your UofS record. Include backup courses in case of schedule changes abroad. Obtain signatures of approval.
      • For more information on course approvals, see Credit Information and Course Equivalents tab on the left.
    • For more information on applying, see the Study Abroad Application tab on the left.
  7. Submit applications.
    • Two applications must be completed: one for the UofS and one for the host university abroad.
    • Ensure the completed Study Abroad Course Approval form is returned to the Office of Global Education.
    • Await the acceptance notification from your host university!