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Getting Started

As you begin exploring your options for a program abroad, we encourage you to spend time identifying your personal and academic goals for the experience. With some research, self-reflection and goal definition, you can expect to find the program that best fits your needs. It is also important to discuss your plans to go abroad with your faculty or collegiate adviser. They will be able to provide insight into how to best structure your experience at TU to make the most of your study abroad experiences.

Researching Study Abroad Options

The first step towards studying abroad will be to meet with one of the CGE Peer Advisers. Taking walk-in appointments during regular business hours, these returned study abroad students will assist you in exploring program options and providing you information about the application process.

You should discuss your desire to study abroad with your college’s academic adviser early in the process. He or she can assist you in determining what courses abroad will be most appropriate according to your specific and individualized degree requirements.

All coursework, including internships, research or independent study that you plan to take abroad must be approved by your college as part of the study abroad application process. Changes to courses after arrival abroad also require college approval to ensure appropriate TU credit can be awarded.

Individual Advising Process

The Center for Global Education (CGE) staff offers individualized advising sessions to help navigate the study abroad application process.

After meeting with a Peer Adviser, students will be able to begin the online advising process by completing a study abroad interest form, reviewing study abroad policies, and taking a short quiz. After completing those tasks, students will be able to schedule a meeting with a study abroad adviser.

Study abroad advisers will meet with students individually to discuss goals for studying abroad including what academic, personal, and professional growth they would like to see out of the experience. Advisers will also discuss with students what other expectations or other considerations, such as the need for academic support or accommodations, should be taken into account. This will allow advisers to evaluate and recommend programs to students that best meet their needs and aspirations.

Students are required to have at least one meeting with the study abroad adviser before approval and one final advising meeting before departure.

Budget Process

Regardless of who is paying the bill, creating a budget for your study abroad experience is an important task.

It’s your responsibility to plan and prepare for your semester abroad. To facilitate this, students are required to complete a Study Abroad Budget Form for CGE’s approval during the final advising meeting. Refer to the program materials you received in your acceptance packet from the host program or school and its website for estimated costs of your program.

As you budget for your time abroad, consider the various currency exchange rates and your personal spending habits. Use a currency-converter tool in your budgeting process.

An approved budget form signed by your study abroad adviser must be submitted to the TU Financial Aid Office for all students. This step is required before your financial file is considered complete and the TU Business Office can release funds to pay for your time abroad.

Pre-departure Orientation

Students are required to participate in an online pre-departure orientation and attend a pre-departure meeting in preparation for their abroad program. During the orientation, they will hear from CGE staff and study abroad returnees. Attendance is mandatory for final approval to study abroad.