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How to Apply for Study Abroad

The following step-by-step guide outlines the process of applying for a study abroad program. If you have any questions about the trips, contact Dr. Emily Forsdick at (901) 321-3461 or

As soon as your interest is PIQUED, complete the Preliminary Interest Form  to get on our mailing list! 

What are you first steps to Study Abroad?

  1. Familiarize yourself with the study abroad website ( Add us to all social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  2. Come speak to the study abroad office located in Buckman 342 and 346 or send an email to ask any questions that need to be answered.
  3. Fill out a Preliminary Interest Form, located on our website or in our office to get on our mailing list to find out exclusive information about upcoming trips.
  4. Speak with your academic advisor to discuss where study abroad fits into your schedule.

When researching study abroad, ask yourself the following questions and consider the following when evaluating your opportunity to study abroad:

  • How will study abroad fit into your academic plan?
  • How much time do you want to spend abroad? One week? A summer? A semester?
  • Does your major or minor have requirements that might be best met through study abroad, such as language, internships or coursework?
  • Does the program in which you plan to participate have language requirements or other prerequisites?
  • What countries, cultures and/or languages interest you?
  • How immersed in the culture do you want to be?
  • Are you looking for a program that requires a great deal of independence, or would you prefer a program in which many of the arrangements are made by a program director?
  • Are you able to adapt to different styles of learning?
  • Do you want to explore your family’s heritage?
  • Is there something happening in the world today about which you want to learn more?
  • What is your budget? How much can you afford to spend?
  • Do you need to retain financial aid eligibility to finance your program? (Most state and federal aid applies to most programs.)

Wow! I want to go, now what? Review both study trips and semester locations.

Study Trips

  1. Select course and location from the study abroad website.
  2. Contact the study abroad office or professor offering the class.
  3. If you do not have a passport, apply immediately.
  4. Complete travel study application.
  5. Make $300 deposit to business office as soon as possible or before deadline.
  6. Speak with your academic advisor.
  7. Register for class.
  8. Keep up with monthly payment schedule.
  9. Check emails regularly from the study abroad office and attend all mandatory meetings.

Semester Abroad

  1. Select the location from the study abroad website.
  2. Contact the study abroad office.
  3. If you do not have a passport, apply immediately.
  4. Complete the semester abroad application.
  5. Make the $300 deposit to the business office.
  6. Speak with your academic advisor.
  7. After your acceptance letter arrives from your university abroad, apply for a visa immediately if necessary.
  8. Choose courses and get off-campus course work signed by appropriated offices/ faculty.
  9. Follow directions in the study abroad semester handbook.

Download the appropriate items from the listing below. 

Travel Study Trips: Application Booklet for Travel Study Trips 

Semester Programs: Application Booklet for Exchange Programs and Semesters/Summers Abroad   

Additional documents for BES Lasalle (Barcelona, Spain) Exchange:

Edge Hill University (Ormskirk, England) CBU Affiliate Program: Edge Hill Application 

Drop off completed items to the Office of International Initiatives in Buckman Hall 342, or mail to: 

Office of International Initiatives
650 East Parkway South
Box 3
Memphis, TN 38104