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1. Plan ahead: Inform your faculty advisor of your plans to study abroad. We encourage students to start planning as early as the first quarter of freshman year. 

2. Define your goals and objectives: Consider your reasons for studying abroad. Do you want to enhance your language skills? Fulfill certain academic or graduation requirements? Increase your cultural awareness of a particular country? It is important to begin by defining and prioritizing your needs and study abroad goals, as well as asking yourself important Questions.

3. Explore programs: Research and identify programs that match the goals you identified. This is YOUR experience, so take ownership, get involved, and do your research.

4. Attend a study abroad information session or a campus tabling event: These sessions are designed to help you learn about the different programs that we offer and will cover the basic information you need to know to get you started.  

5. Meet with a study abroad advisor: Once you've identified at least 2-3 potential programs you may schedule an advising appointment. During your appointment you will receive assistance with exploring program options, have questions answered, determine appropriateness of your selected programs, discuss financial aid, and discuss next steps, including instructions on how to obtain course approvals from your undergraduate academic counselor and faculty advisor.

6. Fill out an online application: Once you have identified a program, you will  compete an online application and submit the supporting documents. The application is located on the program brochure page of the program of your choice. Students attending Non-SPU programs must complete two applications. The first is SPU approval to study abroad and the second is to apply directly with the program to which you will be attending.  Application instructions are given when you click on the individual program application.