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First Steps

Use These 10 Steps as a General Guideline:

  1. Attend an Education Abroad Information Session. Informational meetings are held in the PSU throughout the semester. This is a great way to get started!
  2. Define Your Goals. What do you hope to achieve while abroad?
  3. Research Program Options. Learn about the country or countries where you want to go. Review websites and literature to identify programs.
  4. Meet with the Education Abroad Advisor. Once you have determined what country and program you are interested in, meet with the Education Abroad Advisor to discuss your plans. The advisor will answer any questions you have and help you work through the application process.
  5. Meet with your Academic Advisor. Discuss your education abroad program and how it will fit in with your degree requirements. Make a plan for graduation that includes education abroad.
  6. Apply for a Program. Submit your applications and all the supporting documents to the Office of Education Abroad by the deadlines!
  7. Build your Budget. Use the budget planning worksheet in the Education Abroad application to organize your estimated expenses.  Please be aware that any student participating in an education abroad program will be responsible for the International Programs Academic Fee, per the BOG-approved policy for the term(s) of the program. This fee covers your BOG mandatory health insurance.
  8. Make Financial Aid Arrangements. Meet with a Financial Aid advisor to discuss how your financial aid will apply towards your program.
  9. Get your Courses Pre-Approved. Submit your "Transfer Coursework Preapproval" requests using the form on your My Missouri State portal.
  10. Prepare to Travel. Gather your travel documents (including your passport and visa), attend orientation, and pack your bags!