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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

CSU Faculty-Led/Short Term Programs


Congratulations on your decision to study abroad! You are about to embark on an incredible journey that will hopefully have a lasting impact on you, personally, academically and professionally. Now that you are accepted into your program, here is a checklist of items to make sure you are prepared.

1. Attend your mandatory pre-departure orientations.

Students are required to attend TWO pre-departure orientation sessions: (1) General Orientation & (2) Program-Specific Orientation.
Students who do not participate will be dropped from their study abroad courses.
You will be notified by the Center for Global Engagement of your general orientation requirements.
Faculty program directors will contact you regarding the date & time for your program-specific orientation session(s).

General Orientation Sessions are scheduled as follows:
(in Schuster 130, located in the Schuster Student Success Center)

Spring Study Abroad Programs Orientation:        Fri., 1/27/17 from 3-5pm

Maymester Study Abroad Programs Orientation: Fri.,3/3/17 from 3-5pm

Summer Study Abroad Programs Orientation:    Fri., 4/14/17 from 3-5pm


 2. Submit all required documents & paperwork.

The following items must be submitted to the Center for Global Engagement:
  • Copy of Passport
  • Submit a copy of the information pages on your passport book. Haven't applied for your passport yet? Don't wait! Visit the U.S. State Department website for information on how to apply for your passport.
  • Ensure that all of your information in your study abroad portal is accurate and up to date before your departure.
  • Photocopy of visa permit (if applicable). CGE will notify students if US citizens are required to receive a visa permit prior to departure for their study abroad program.
    • International students who are studying abroad are responsible for determining whether or not they require a visa to enter the country of their chosen program destination. Contact CGE if you need additional guidance.
  • Other documents may be required and are based upon your individual program.Check with your program director.

3. Pay your program fees

Program payment deadlines are listed on the application form and brochure for all CSU faculty-led programs. You must get a payment form from the CGE and take it to the Bursar's Office to pay your program fees.

4. Pay CSU tuition & Fees by the deadlines.

 CGE. Students are also responsible for paying CSU tuition & fees for the study abroad courses in which they are registered. Tuition payments & deadlines are handled through the Bursar office. Students are also responsible for reviewing the the withdrawal & refund policy. Please visit our Study Abroad Payment webpage for more information.

5. Verify that your Financial Aid is in order.

If you intend to use Financial Aid, ensure that all your financial aid paperwork is complete to prevent any delays in processing your aid. It is also important to note when you will receive your financial aid or refund. If you are planning to use aid to pay for your program fees, it is important to plan in advance so that funding arrives before any deadlines. See tips from the Financial Aid Office.

6. Verify that you are registered for your study abroad courses after notification from CGE.

Students do NOT register themselves for their study abroad courses. CGE will register students for courses during open registration (typically after all program payments are submitted) based on the courses selected on their program application form. Once study abroad course registration is completed, CGE will notify students via email. Students are responsible for checking their course schedule on their Cougar Net account to ensure that they are enrolled in the correct course(s) PRIOR to paying their CSU tuition and fees. Students are responsible for notifying CGE of any course registration errors.

7. Purchase additional insurance for travel cancellation/interruption.

All students will receive a comprehensive health insurance policy provided by Cultural Insurance Services International. However, insurance for trip cancellation or interruption is not included in program fees. If students wish to purchase this type of insurance, they may do so on their own. It is not provided in connection with any study abroad program. There are a number of providers of this type of insurance.

8. Research your host destination.

Now that you have been accepted into a program, you should start to learn as much as you can about your host destination. Research the host culture, social etiquette, food, currency & banking matters, modes of public transportation, etc. Don't forget to explore travel tips & independent travel opportunities. The more you know the more confident and prepared you will be!

9. Have a great time, but also remember to keep an open-mind!

In preparing for your study abroad experience, remember to keep an open mind. Everything is new and different; avoid judging your new encounters as good or bad, and remember to stay flexible. The more open you are, the more you will learn. Most importantly, don't forget to HAVE FUN!