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Getting Started

It's never too early to plan for studying abroad! You should start planning at least one year in advance for semester/year programs, and 6 months prior to summer programs.  This timeline will allow enough time to research, apply to, and prepare for your program.

Not sure where to begin?  You are not alone!  Many students are not sure how to start planning to study abroad. This website will help you through the process.  Many students have done it before, and you can too. Just follow the 10 steps below.

1. Consider your goals for studying abroad.  Ask yourself the following questions to clarify what type of program is best for you.


How does study abroad fit into your academic and career goals?

What subjects do you want to study while abroad?

Where do you want to go?  What countries interest you and why?

How long do you want to go: a summer, semester, or a year?

Do you want to study in English or another language?

Do you want to be a part of a group program with students from FMU, or an individual program?


2. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your interest in studying abroad, and what types of courses you might be able to take during your semester away.


3. Explore study abroad options on the programs page of this website.  FMU offers several types of study abroad programs:


ISEP - Direct programs: FMU participates in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP-Direct), which offers several semester, year, and summer options.  These programs allow you to study at a host university overseas and earn credit toward your FMU degree.


Affiliate programs: There are several study abroad options managed by other universities and organizations. Participation in affiliate programs must be approved by the Global Citizenship Portal.


Group programs: FMU offers programs for small groups of students each year, usually in the summer or winter.  Program length varies: most are between 1 (one) and 4 (four) weeks.  Some are credit bearing; topics and number of credits.  Programs may be offered at various overseas destinations.  If you are not able to study abroad for a semester, or have less time available, these programs may be for you.


4. Attend a Study Abroad Information Session.  This will help you to narrow your options and learn about the application process.  Email Global.Education@fmuniv.edu for information session times.  Phone and skype appointments are also available.


5. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss course selection.  Your advisor can inform you of graduation requirements and how your courses abroad will transfer back to FMU.  Bring the checksheet, course descriptions and syllabi (if available) to your advisor for further evaluation.


6. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 305-626-3742 to learn about using financial aid for study abroad.  Some types of federal and institutional aid may be used for approved programs.


7. Research study abroad scholarships.  You can find the link to the scholarships here.  There are many types of scholarships, and you must apply early.


8. Apply for your program before the deadline.  In addition, you should also apply for scholarships prior to the stated deadline(s).

9. Attend the pre-departure orientation and complete the follow-up forms.

10. Read about your destination and pack your bags!
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