Going abroad is a rewarding experience, but it is important to be prepared. Keep these tips in kind:
Begin planning six months to a year in advance. It takes time to apply for a passport and/or visa, explore all the options, decide on a program, submit all the proper paperwork, participate in an orientation, take the orientation course, and prepare for your education abroad.
Most program descriptions will provide a timeline for when the application and deposits are due, so keep these in mind. For or spring semester programs, applications may be due in early October. For summer programs, applications are due in February or March, although with some programs you can apply later. For fall programs, you may need to submit all paperwork before the end of spring semester before you go home for summer vacation, or be prepared to visit us at the International Education Office during the summer months to make final arrangements.
Finally, for ALL programs, be sure you complete a International Education Office-Study Abroad Application.
Be sure to visit the International Education Office located in Greenquist 210 for an initial interview.
You may apply online- see International Education Office-Study Abroad Application, and send it to us, but deciding on a specific program may be overwhelming, so we suggest you stop by and discuss your choices with the Study Abroad Adviser. We are here to assist you! For an appointment, please call:
International Education Office
Greenquist Hall, 210
Meet & greet study abroad representatives, students who have traveled and studied abroad, and pick up loads of information on specific programs. See Upcoming Events for future dates
By attending a STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION, you will learn the steps in successfully studying abroad, learn more about work opportunities abroad, or discover how to locate an internship abroad. For more reading, see http://toolkit.bootsnall.com/student-travel-guide/study-abroad-guide/how-to-study-abroad.html
Interested in studying abroad, but not sure which program to select? You may have some questions about transferring your coursework,or perhaps you’re curious about language requirements. Interested in going to Italy, Germany, Scotland, Costa Rica or one of the myriad of programs out there? You’re a working student who would like to study abroad, but you can’t get way for a whole semester? Need to know more about how to finance your study abroad program? These and many more questions can be answered by attending-Study Abroad Information Meetings that are listed on the Upcoming Events
INTS: 205: -Orientation to Study Abroad (1 credit)
This course is recommended for all students accepted and intending to participate in a study abroad program offered under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. It is designed to provide an introduction to various challenges (academic, social, cultural, linguistic, political and economic) related to studying in a foreign country. Students will become familiar with various theories associated with culture shock, intercultural sensitivity, communication and reverse culture shock. Students will also learn to apply these theories to their own upcoming international experiences.
U.S. citizens are required to have valid U.S. passports when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport as soon as possible.
For more information on applying for or renewing your passport, click here.
Will I need a visa?
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. You will need a valid passport when applying for your visa. General visa requirement information is available from the embassy of the country you are visiting or through the U.S. State Department. If you are a U.S. citizen planning to travel abroad and you need a visa, please see
U.S. Travelers: Check visa requirements for your destination if you are a U.S. student/traveler.
Non-U.S. Citizen Traveler:
If you are a student holding a green card or if you are an international student wishing to study abroad, please see Country Specific Information, click on Entry/Exit Requirements of the county you intend to travel to. See http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html
You may also contact the country’s Embassy or Consulate of that country for further information. See Consular Services/Visas http://embassyinformation.com/
Travel Document Services. Provides visa services for U.S. citizens and up to-date visa information. These offices often require you pay them a fee in assisting you to receive a visa. This is optional. Since UW-Parkside is conveniently located close to the city of Chicago, students often visit Chicago Consulates on their own. This is often a good exercise in preparation for a study abroad experience.
To Apply for Study Abroad and be eligible for Study Abroad funding
The cost of studying abroad can vary greatly, but some programs may not cost much more than studying at UW-Parkside for the same period. For UW-Parkside exchange programs, you pay the same tuition you would normally pay at the home campus for housing, meals, books, and personal expenses. Generally, UW-Parkside programs have a set, all-inclusive price that is listed in the brochures/flyers.
Actual costs of studying abroad may range from $3,500 for some summer/winterim programs, to $8,000-$12,000 for some semester-long programs. These prices usually include tuition, accommodations, most meals, and some excursions. Airfare may be extra. Financial Aid, grants, scholarships, and savings may help you finance your study abroad program. At UW-Parkside, if you qualify for Financial Aid, you may also qualify for a Wisconsin Study Abroad Travel Grant.The maximum award you can receive is $2,000. The total amount of your award depends on the amount of Wisconsin funds available, the number of UW-Parkside programs being offered at the time, and the number of students applying for these funds.
For more information on study abroad frinancial aid and scholarships, click here.
Pre-departure orientation helps prepare students for a meaningful and successful study-travel abroad experience. The program goals are as follows:
See the Upcoming Events page for current pre-departure orientation dates.
Cross-cultural competency will provide you with the skills to integrate successfully in other cultures. The following web sites will teach you more about culture, yourself, your host culture, and culture shock.
We invite you to explore and complete the exercises found in the following websites: