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Study Abroad:Getting Started

Steps to Study Abroad

The Office of Study Abroad offers a wide variety of study abroad options that vary in length from ten days to an academic year. With careful planning, students who study abroad will have the experience of a lifetime, make new friends, see the world, use their financial aid, and receive academic credit for their coursework!

In general, applications for study abroad programs are due by the middle of the semester before you would like to participate. You should allow yourself plenty of time for advising, academic and budgetary planning, and application completion. Follow these steps to get started!


1. Attend an information session

This is the first step of the journey. These thirty-minute sessions are held weekly during the semester. The session will cover study abroad opportunities at ODU, eligibility requirements, scholarships and planning. All students interested in studying abroad must attend one of these sessions. For a schedule of upcoming sessions, please click here.

2. Attend a group advising session

Most students will attend the group advising session following the information session. During this session, an advisor from the Office of Study Abroad will help you to set up your online account in StudioAbroad, show you how to search through available programs, work with you to create a sample budget and academic plan, and answer general questions. These sessions are offered several times a week during the semester. Please click here for a schedule of upcoming sessions. It is highly recommended that you bring your own laptop or tablet to this session.

3. Make an appointment with a study abroad advisor

Once you have completed the online advising application you created at the group advising session, budget worksheet, and academic plan, you can make an individual appointment with a study abroad advisor. During this one-on-one appointment, you will discuss application procedures, transfer credit approval, financial aid, scholarships and ask any questions you have about studying abroad.

4. Apply for a program

Once you and your study abroad advisor have found a program that matches your interests, goals, academics, and budget, you will complete the application for that program on StudioAbroad. It is important to meet the Office of Study Abroad's application deadlines, which can be found here. Some programs have deadlines that differ from the general date, so be sure to check your program's specific deadline on its program page in StudioAbroad.

Study Abroad Fairs

Gathering information on programs at the Study Abroad Fair

Attending a Study Abroad Fair is another excellent way to learn more about study abroad options at Old Dominion. The fairs are held twice a year in early October and February at the Webb Center. You'll have an opportunity to talk with students who have returned from studying abroad about their experiences and meet international exchange students from partner universities abroad. Faculty study abroad leaders are also available to give you details about programs they will be leading during the coming spring break or summer sessions. You'll also get to enter into a drawing for a study abroad scholarship!

The next Study Abroad Fair is:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

10:30am - 1:30pm

North Mall, Webb Center