Study Abroad Timeline

See below links for a comprehensive and chronological guide to studying abroad!

  • When You Arrive at Wesleyan (and Before)
    1. Do research about majors that interest you and whether there are specific study abroad programs relevant to the major
    2. Enroll in a language course and keep taking the same language until you study abroad
    3. Attend the annual Study Abroad Fair in September
    4. Visit the OSA website to research programs or countries of interest
    5. Talk to returnees or international students from countries or programs you're considering
    6. Apply for/renew passport if needed, even if you’re not sure when you will go abroad
    7. Discuss any major-specific study abroad considerations with your pre-major or major academic advisor
    8. Like the Office of Study Abroad on Facebook for updates on deadlines, news, and events!
  • One Year Before You Plan on Studying Abroad
    1. Visit OSA website and office to research programs and read program reviews
    2. Research additional scholarship opportunities and note deadlines
    3. Meet with major academic advisor to discuss programs, major credit
    4. Apply for/renew passport if needed
  • The Semester Before You Go

    Even if you have already met the minimum requirement of the language of where you would like to study abroad, we strongly advise you still take a language course the semester before you go abroad.

    Applying for programs:

    1. Weeks 1 and 2 of semester: Submit your initial inquiry (found in your online portfolio under 'academic career', 'study abroad information and application'), and visit the OSA to discuss your plans and the application process
    2. Know your deadlines:
      • Oct 1 (for spring)/Feb 15 (for fall/full year): Petitions and Wesleyan program (Bologna, Madrid, Paris) applications DUE
      • Oct 15 (for spring)/Mar 1 (for fall/full year): Wesleyan permission application for pre-approved programs DUE
    3. Submit applications to programs of interest
    4. Submit transcript requests if required by programs
    5. Request letters of recommendation from faculty members if required by programs
    6. Submit applications for grants/scholarships if applying
    7. Share our family page with interested parents or family members


    After you’ve accepted a program:

    1. Notify OSA of your acceptance
    2. Pay program deposit
    3. Obtain your student visa – it’s important to start this process early
    4. Review your country’s information on the US Dept of State website and CDC website 
    5. See your doctor for a travel consultation
    6. Enroll in the STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) through the US Dept of State 
    7. Read the Wesleyan Study Abroad Handbook 
    8. Sign up for a pre-departure orientation
    9. Notify your bank of your travel plans; ensure ATM access in your country or arrange other banking plans
    10. Book your flight
  • Week of Departure
    1. Ensure you have a logical amount of cash upon arrival in the currency of your program site for immediate arrival needs. If currency is difficult to obtain, ensure you have enough USD for exchange at the airport. 
    2. Make copies of all important documents (passport, other photo ID, credit cards, visas, etc). Take one copy with you and leave one copy with a trusted family member
    3. Compile lists of emergency, program, and friend contacts including phone number, email, and mailing addresses. Ensure you have program site addresses written down in the local language or alphabet