Study abroad allows you the opportunity to gain insight into new cultures and languages while you develop a new global perspective on the world. The world is becoming increasingly interdependent, and employers and graduate schools often prefer applicants with global experience. Study abroad is an important extension of your academic and personal development that you cannot afford to miss.
Steps in the study abroad process:
- Find a program that is right for you. The Office of International Programs will guide you through this process.
- Discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor and gain preliminary approval for the course(s) you wish to take abroad. Include your parent(s) in the decision-making process if possible.
- Once you are decided on a program, International Programs will help you complete the correct application materials and obtain official approvals to ensure appropriate course transfers upon your return.
All students who wish to study abroad should file a FAFSA with the Office of Financial Aid. Most loans, grants, and scholarships may be used for study abroad. As a part of your WSSU Study Abroad Application, you will be given a budget sheet to complete and discuss with your Financial Aid counselor. It is also wise to begin saving additional funds for personal travel and purchases while you are abroad.
Study abroad applications and related deadlines vary by program, and some are quite early. It is best to apply as far in advance as possible for the semester you wish to study abroad. Applications for various programs and scholarships can be found by using the applications link under our Resources listing on the right-hand side of this page.