I'm Approved...What's Next?

Congratulations on your approval for your study abroad program! Your time abroad will be a challenging and rewarding experience academically and personally. However, before you step on the plane and travel to your host country, there are several tasks that will require your attention.

How to Commit

Congratulations on your approval for your study abroad program. Students must decide to commit to or decline their approval by the commitment deadline stated in their approval letter. Also, students must be accepted by their host university or program provider in order to participate on their program. Approval by Penn State is not a guarantee of admittance by the host program. For questions about this, please contact your education abroad adviser. 

Pre-Departure Orientation Process

Now that you have committed to your study abroad program it is time to begin preparing for your experience overseas. All students studying abroad through Penn State are required to complete an orientation process that covers a variety of topics intended to prepare you for your time abroad. The orientation process begins with completing a mandatory online orientation course. Students will also be invited to participate in several orientation workshops the semester prior to study.

Education Abroad Policies

Before studying abroad it is important that you have a clear understanding of the policies put into place by the Education Abroad Office regarding withdrawal, academics abroad, and appeal processes.