Start Your Study Abroad Journey!
So, you want to study abroad? Let the Study Abroad team help you chart your path!
We are here for you every step of the way as you consider engaging in one of the most exciting and rewarding expeditions of your academic career - study abroad! In addition to the wonderment of exploring the world, participants also experience academic, personal, and professional benefits through their transformative time abroad.
Go abroad and get ahead!
We believe that everyone can study abroad! What are your aspirations?
Did you know…
Many non-English speaking countries offer courses in English, so fluency in a foreign language is not required.
Financial aid (loans and grants) can be applied to the cost of UArizona Study Abroad programs, and Study Abroad scholarships are available.
Students from all backgrounds and all academic disciplines have the option to study abroad.
Get started and get connected using these Start Your Journey resources! Follow @uastudyabroad on Instagram for inspiration, motivation, and travel tips from fellow #WildcatsAbroad!
Why meet with an Academic Advisor?
It is important to work with an Academic Advisor so that you can stay on track for graduation by taking classes that are relevant to your degree! Be sure to talk with your Academic Advisor as early as possible about your intent to study abroad, as some courses are easier than others to take while abroad.
When to meet:
- Freshman year or as early as you decide you are interested in study abroad! Discuss how to fit study abroad in your degree plan.
- Before selecting a program to determine your academic needs.
- After selecting a program to confirm the courses offered meet your academic needs.
Questions to ask your Academic Advisor:
- Will my selected study abroad program allow me to still graduate on time?
- What classes do I need to meet remaining major, minor, or general education requirements?
- When is the best time/term for me to participate in study abroad?
How to meet with your Academic Advisor:
So, you’re ready to study abroad! But your family? Well...maybe they’re not quite as ready to say bon voyage just yet!
Family members may have questions like, “Why do you need to go so far away?”; “How much will it cost?”; or “Is it dangerous?”. Discussing the benefits of study abroad with your family is important and does not have to be overwhelming!
Here are 4 tips to help you start the conversation:
- Set 2-3 concrete personal, academic, and professional goals for your experience, and share them with your family! Goal setting is a proactive way to visualize what you would like to accomplish and learn through your time in another country. You can also compare how those goals abroad are unique to your goals in Tucson. Study abroad is a high impact practice proven to improve retention, graduation rates, and employability. Know what goals are important to you and how study abroad will help you reach them.
- Talk about how your study abroad classes will keep you on track for graduation or other academic goals! If you’re unsure about this, meet with your academic advisor to help plan your term abroad to stay on track or get ahead.
- Make a budget for your time abroad using our Budget Guide, which takes into account upfront costs, your scholarships and grants, program costs, and daily living expenses. Parents want to know how much study abroad will cost. By using the Budget Book resource, you can have an honest discussion with your family about your finances.
- Discuss health and safety protocols Study Abroad has in place for you as a UA student. Some of those health and safety components include: international health insurance, full-time Global Travel staff with expertise in safety abroad, faculty training, open communication with local program staff, a risk monitoring platform to send you alerts, and a mandatory pre-departure orientation. The pre-departure orientation is a comprehensive, online orientation that guides you through best practices for travel and other considerations before departing. Study Abroad is here for you as a resource for any questions you may have!
Please be sure to share Study Abroad websites and resources with them, including the Study Abroad Resources for Family.
Your journey to study abroad is just a few simple steps away!
Please note that application requirements may vary by program, and your application may have additional items.
- Start an Application or Complete an Existing Application
Complete all components of the application, including (but not limited to):
Read & Sign Documents
Submit Course Information
Secondary Application (may be required for some programs)
Submit Application ($50 application fee will be posted to UAccess)
Receive Acceptance Email & Confirm Participation (time frame varies by program)
Build Your Budget
Living and studying in another country is an exciting time! By planning ahead and developing a budget, managing expenses while abroad can help keep you focused more on your experience and worry less about unexpected expenses.
Steps to take after your acceptance into a study abroad program:
- Discuss: Review what kind of study abroad expenses to expect with a Study Abroad Coordinator, Peer Advisor, or your parents and family.
- Research: Look into the cost of living of where you are going. Be sure to consider the monetary exchange rates as these may fluctuate. Begin investigating the attractions, activities and independent travel you’ll want to visit and estimated costs.
- Apply for Scholarships: There are many opportunities available to help fund your study abroad experience, and a great place to begin your search is the Scholarship Tracker. Need assistance? Our Study Abroad Scholarship Guide is a useful resource for making the best of your scholarship application process. Remember to begin applying early for the best chance of success!
- Prepare: Practice building your study abroad budget in the Budget Guide so you can plan ahead for expected (and unexpected) expenses.
- Live like a local: While abroad, live, shop and eat like a local. Small things like shopping at the local market instead of large chains can save you money. Take the opportunity to cook at home (if possible) and try local recipes balanced with the planned expenses of eating at restaurants. Avoid tourist traps which tend to be expensive! Chat up the locals to find out the best spots. Bonus: Besides saving money, you’ll have a more authentic experience.
You've applied and been accepted to your study abroad program, now what?
- Congratulations! Please be sure to sign back into UAbroad and commit to your program!
- Attend a virtual event or workshop to learn more about how to make the most of your time abroad, what to pack, and how to navigate culture shock.
- Complete the online Pre-Departure Orientation course through D2L. (You will be enrolled once you have committed to your program.)
- Check out the Global Wildcat Voices podcast for stories and study abroad wisdom from UArizona students.
- Meet other students traveling to your host country by attending a virtual meet and greet. Be sure to check your email for opportunities and next steps!
Help Choosing a Program
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Help With Applying to a Specific Program
Study Abroad Coordinators