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Getting Started

Planning your education abroad can feel overwhelming! There is a lot of information to consider, so use the process outlined below to help guide you through the planning stages. For an optimal study abroad experience, we recommend you begin planning at least one year prior to the semester you will be abroad.

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Step 1

Attend a Study Abroad 101 session or listen to a recorded Study Abroad 101 webinar (transcript available) and learn the basics about program options, available regions, application deadlines, scholarships and financial aid, and much more.

Step 2

Meet with a Peer Adviser at University Park to help identify priorities, interests and potential program selection. Peer Advisers can also provide an overview of the application process, show you how to navigate the website and share insight into his/her own experience abroad.

Students at a campus other than University Park can email the Peer Advisers at or call 814-865-5195.

Step 3

Search for and compare programs.  Visit our program search page and utilize the "advanced search" option to look for programs in a particular country or region that offer the courses you want to take abroad.  You can compare program courses, dates, cost, and more!

Step 4

Talk to your academic adviser to discuss an academic plan that will integrate study abroad with your graduation time line.

In addition, you can search for a Global Programs representative in your College/Department.

Not at University Park? Not a problem! Each Penn State campus has a Global Programs representative. See your representative for additional guidance on programs that fit well with your major or fitting study abroad into your academic curriculum.

Step 5

Meet with an Education Abroad Adviser to discuss your program/country of interest in greater detail. Each adviser works with a specific regional portfolio, so be sure to meet with the appropriate adviser!

Step 6

Research funding resources for study abroad, including scholarships through Global Programs, through individual colleges/academic departments, and resources outside the university.

Step 7

Submit your application! Be sure to complete all requirements by the application deadline referenced at the bottom of your program brochure page.