Steps to Studying Abroad

Steps to Studying Abroad

1. Attend an information session

Attend an information session led by our Global Ambassadors at the Office of International Programs (Drexel Hall). Information sessions are held every weekday at 4 p.m. Browse through the resource library, complete the advising questionnaire, view program brochures and ask questions.

2. Investigate program options and inform yourself

Define your goals for studying abroad and identify suitable programs. Learn about the country where you wish to study abroad. Join the Study Abroad Student Association (SASA) and talk with study abroad returnees and exchange students about their experiences.

3. Apply for your passport

You should apply for your passport at this time. Passport applications take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Information on applying for a passport is available at travel.state.gov.

4. Meet with the assistant director of study abroad

Once you have determined what country and program you are interested in, make an appointment with the assistant director of study abroad in the Office of International Programs to discuss your plans and the application process. Discuss how your proposed study abroad courses will fit in with your degree requirements.

5. See your primary adviser

Verify with your major/minor adviser that your proposed study abroad courses will fit in with your degree requirements.

6. Find out about financing your study abroad program

Salve Regina and the Office of International Programs operate under a home school tuition policy for study abroad. Students pay Salve Regina tuition when studying abroad on an approved program during an academic year or semester. Salve Regina institutional merit and need-based financial aid is portable for approved academic year or semester study abroad programs, as are applicable federal financial aid packages.

Students who are participating in a short-term Salve Regina faculty-led program will be billed the entire program fee as dictated by the University (tuition included). There is no portability of aid for students participating in short-term programs. Consult the study abroad adviser for scholarship information. All students are encouraged to speak with a financial aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid in Ochre Court.

Consult the home school tuition policy for more detailed information.

7. Apply

Begin applying for your program of choice the semester before you plan to go. Deadlines are:

  • Fall and academic year programs - Feb. 1
  • Summer programs - Feb. 15
  • Spring programs - Oct. 1
  • Winter break and spring break - Oct. 15

Check with the Office of International Programs for program-specific deadlines and application requirements. View the semester, year and short-term applications online

8. You've been accepted

Complete your study abroad application and all necessary post-acceptance forms. Apply for your student visa (if necessary) and make travel plans.

9. Orient yourself

Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation for a half-day of program information and question-and-answer sessions with past participants. Read carefully all the information in your orientation packet and feel free to ask questions.

10. Pack your bags

Say your goodbyes and go.