Study Abroad Resources
Preparing to Study Abroad
Studying abroad is a process that begins before you submit your application. We've gathered sources for students on topics such as speaking with your family on studying abroad, cultural etiquette, and resources from the State Department on how to stay safe and enjoy your study abroad experience.
USA Study Abroad includes Open Online Courses, Webinars, Health and Safety Information, as well as disability-related question sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) is one of the oldest, largest, and most trusted cultural exchange organizations in the world. Here you'll find information on how to speak with your family about your wish to study abroad. You'll find country-specific information such as travel advisory warnings, customs and import restrictions, and more.
It’s essential to plan for your study abroad experience. We recommend you begin these steps at least one semester ahead of your trip.
- For Summer and Fall: Begin preparing in March
- For Winter Break and Spring Study Abroad: Begin preparing in October
- Please note: Check your program’s application deadline as they may be due six or more months ahead of the program start date.
The best place to begin your study abroad experience is to schedule a consultation with Doane’s Office of International Program. Before your meeting, consider why you want to study overseas - different culture experiences, degree qualifications, and requirements, language, etc. - we can offer guidance as you embark on your journey.
2. Searching Available Opportunities & Submitting Your Application
Search through available partnership programs to determine where you want to study abroad. Follow up with Jake Hoy-Elswick in person or via email. Apply for your program of interest. Make sure to follow all of the application steps, as indicated by your program/host University.
Obtain Your Passport
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a passport well in advance. This process can take up to 6-8 weeks and is necessary for all international travel and VISA applications.
Obtain a Visa (If Applicable)
Depending on which country you are traveling to, you may be required to apply for and be granted a student visa before entry to that country. You may be able to apply for a student visa when you arrive. Check your host country’s visa requirements or consult with Doane’s Office of International Program if you need assistance in this process.
3. Doane’s Travel Course Documentation
- Fill out and submit the online Travel Course Study Abroad Approval Form
- Print and complete the following forms:
- Include the following documents:
- A copy of your passport
- A copy of your entry Visa (if required)
- A copy of the front and back of your U.S. health insurance card
- Submit the completed packet to your faculty sponsor before the due date
If you have additional questions about finances, flights, etc. before your orientation, schedule a meeting or send an email to the Office of International Programs.
4. Complete Study Abroad Orientation
Students are required to complete a series of four online modules in the months before your study abroad experience. These modules have assigned deadlines for completion upon international enrollment. These courses are designed to help you complete the necessary forms (transcript transfer, medical documentation, etc.) and will help you develop intercultural awareness/competencies needed for adaptation and integration in your host country.
Once you have completed the online orientation, schedule an in-person orientation with the Office of International Programs.
Parent orientation will also be held to address parental questions and concerns. If your parents are unable to attend, the information is sent via email, and they will have the opportunity to connect the Office of International Programs via phone or email to answer any additional questions.