Steps to Study Abroad

We are so glad that you are interested in studying or interning abroad! This page outlines the steps you should follow to choose and apply to an education abroad program.

The Education Abroad Advising team is here to help you along the way. At any point you can connect with an Education Abroad Peer Adviser (opens in new tab) or find an Education Abroad Adviser (opens in new tab) and schedule an appointment through Starfish.

Step 1: Complete the Online Education Abroad 101 Module

Education Abroad 101 Module (opens in new tab)

This short online module covers:

  • Choosing an education abroad program 
  • Application deadlines and requirements 
  • Funding your experience abroad 
  • Where to go for help

Step 2: Make an Academic Plan

Step 3: Make a Financial Plan & Research Funding

Step 4: Choose an Education Abroad Program

Step 5: Submit an Application

  • Read the instructions on our How to Apply (opens in new tab) page
  • Click on the “Apply Now” button on the program brochure page (this is on the Penn State Education Abroad website)
  • Complete the requirements in the Penn State application by the stated deadline
  • Program deadlines are listed at the bottom of the program brochure page

Once you have an open application, the Education Abroad office will begin communicating with you via your Penn State email.

Education Abroad 101

The process of studying abroad can feel overwhelming for many students, with hundreds of program options to consider, application requirements to complete, and deadlines to remember. That's why we created an online module to help students navigate the education abroad process.

What will I learn?

  • General overview of education abroad opportunities at Penn State
  • How to search for programs
  • How to evaluate cost and financial aid opportunities
  • Next steps in the process

How do I access this information?

Online Module