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Steps to Study Abroad

 
  • Decide what kind of experience you want (study, research, intern or volunteer)
  • Determine how the courses or experience will fit into your degree plan or aid your career goals
  • Choose a program
    • Look over our Choosing a Program section
    • Read about the different program types (faculty-led, transfer credit, research, internship and volunteer) in our Program Types section
    • Use the Study Abroad Portal to view available programs
    • Meet with a study abroad advisor or study abroad peer counselor
      • Before your meeting, think about what you want to do (study, research, intern, volunteer or a combination), where and when you want to go, and how long you want to go.
      • Visit the Study Abroad Programs Office to ask questions ranging from funding to course credit
    • Calculate and compare the costs of different programs that you are interested in
  • Determine whether or not you want to go on an academic credit bearing program
  • Make sure the program you chose will benefit you academically
  • Ask what courses are permitted to be taken away from PVAMU and what courses must be taken on campus
  • Talk to your parents, family and friends
  • Discuss your budget
  • Discuss health and safety of the different countries you are interested in
  • See if your parents, family or friends have recommendations on program types or locations
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  • Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss your financial aid package
    • Are you eligible for federal, state or institutional aid (loans, grants and scholarships)
    • If you are currently receiving federal, state or institutional aid, make sure you discuss how this will or will not transfer to your study abroad expenses
  • Complete a FAFSA application if you haven't already. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be considered for many study abroad scholarships based on financial need.
  • Visit our Funding section to learn what scholarships are available
  • Note all eligibility requirements
  • Mark deadlines in your calendar
  • Complete the program application by the announced deadline
    • Note: You can only have one active application per term
  • Check your email for updates regarding your application status
  • Apply for or renew your passport
  • Apply for a visa if required
  • Attend program-specific meetings
  • Pay your program fee by the announced due dates
  • Enroll in the appropriate courses
  • Research your destination to learn more about the culture, dress, weather, and food
  • Pack your suitcase
  • Finalize all the last minute details
  • Make a list of what you want to accomplish while abroad
  • Keep in touch with family in friends so they know you're okay
  • Be safe!
  • Get the most out of your experience
  • Meet with your study abroad advisor once your foreign transcript is received (if one will be issued for your program)
  • Network with fellow Panther study abroad returnees
  • Consider how your international experience can impact your career and professional goals
  • Consider going abroad again
  • Complete the survey on your experience abroad