Steps to Study Abroad

1. Attend an Information Session 

Your first step is to attend a study abroad information session. This is required. Sessions are from 4:00-5:00 pm every Monday and Tuesday during the semester (except when the university is closed). Sessions are on the second floor of Hankamer, room 263. You do not need to schedule an appointment for these sessions; walk in! However, you must attend a session before you can make an appointment with an advisor. This will allow you to learn about: 

  • Program options
  • Application requirements and deadlines
  • Program Costs & Financial Aid

2. Research Study Abroad Opportunities

3. Make an Academic Plan 
  • Study Abroad - Course Plan Tool: Use this to get a list of primary and alternate courses that fit your 4-year plan. 
  • Speak with your academic advisor about your potential study abroad aspirations. Bring the course planning tool to help you.

4. Make an Appointment With a Peer Advisor

5. Research Funding Opportunities 
  • Funding opportunities are available to study abroad students through scholarships. 
  • Global Programs, individual colleges, and academic departments, and other resources outside the university may have scholarships available.  

6. Open an Application 

Once you have decided on a program, go ahead and apply!  You can click the  "Apply Now" button at the bottom of your program's brochure page. All brochure pages are located in Bears Abroad.  Opening an application does not commit you to the program, but it will allow you to complete some essential steps in the application process. Applications for each program generally open 10-12 months in advance (i.e., Fall 2022 applications will open sometime in Fall 2021).

7. Make an Appointment With the Study Abroad Programs Advisor 

Study Abroad advisers work with a specific portfolio of programs and can help answer questions about your program of interest including how other programs compare, the application process, pre-departure processes, and cultural preparation.

8. Submit your Application 

  • Your acceptance into the program will be communicated to you via email one week after the application deadline.
  • Your application status will be updated to “Ready for Review” in our database. This designation means that you have been accepted by the study abroad office and nominated to study abroad at your host institution. 
  • Your study abroad advisor will also send an overview of your next steps, which may include a second application from your host institution.
  • Final acceptance to study abroad is not guaranteed until you have been accepted by your host institution. You will have two weeks to decide whether or not you will commit to your study abroad program. 

I'm Accepted..What's Next?

Center for Global Engagement

Hankamer Academic Center, H 160.01
1428 S. 5th St.
Waco, TX 76798

One Bear Place #97012
Waco, TX 76798-7012

(254) 710-1461