How to Make It Happen

Step 1: Ask Questions

  • Come to drop-in advising, Monday-Friday from 1:30-3:30 pm in McArthur Court.
  • Attend our info sessions and the fall Study Abroad Fair.
  • Meet with your academic advisor(s) early to plan your study or internship.
  • Look into your options—depending on your major or general requirements.

Step 2: Consider Finances

  • Review budgets on our website for the program(s) you’re considering.
  • Program costs range widely—choose a program and budget feasible for you.
  • Meet with our scholarship advisor to learn about funding options, including special grants to incoming freshmen, PELL recipients, and underrepresented groups in study abroad.
  • Speak with a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (260 Oregon Hall).

Step 3: Apply Early

  • Application deadlines range from 3 months to 1 year before the start of a program.
  • Check the eligibility requirements for your program (i.e., language level, GPA).
  • Complete the online application for the program you have selected.

Step 4: Research and Prepare

  • Apply for or renew your passport (allow 10-12 weeks).
  • Research your country of interest. Visit the EMU’s Mills International Center and check out their collection of travel books.
  • Consider ways to record your experiences abroad.

Step 5: Return Home

  • Apply to be a GEO International Peer Assistant (IPA).
  • Volunteer at the annual Study Abroad Fair and help out with info sessions. Contact
  • Mingle with international students and domestic student alike with ExplOregon.
  • Participate in the International Projects Fair (IPF).