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Application Details

Applying for Study Abroad can be the most exciting... and most frustrating thing you do! Sometimes it takes a while to put the puzzle pieces together, but it's worth it. Stay organized, and ask (studyabroad@pittstate.edu) when you have questions.

Deadlines

For Individual study abroad, the deadline is March 1st for summer and fall programs, and October 1st for spring programs.

Faculty leaders set their own deadlines for their programs, so talk to them directly.

Steps to Apply

FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS

Checklist

  1. Contact the faculty leader of the program. The faculty leader will be able to answer your questions about the course content, the itinerary, the program cost, and any other questions.
  2. Visit the Forms page to see the required paperwork.
  3. Complete the online application on Studio Abroad. You will "login/register" with your PSU id/password, complete your profile, and then apply to the specific faculty-led program.
  4. Pay the $30 Study Abroad Fee in the International Programs & Services Office.
  5. Follow the instructions of the faculty leader. Once you are accepted into the program, there may be more paperwork. You will also need to complete everything on Studio Abroad before leaving on your program. The faculty leader or the Study Abroad Coordinator can help answer your questions.

INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS

Checklist

Exchange Programs

  1. Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator- studyabroad@pittstate.edu
  2. Visit the Forms page to see the required paperwork. You will submit the following to Whitesitt 118: application form, credit transfer form, unofficial transcript, degree audit, W9, and a stipend fellowship form.
  3. Complete the online application on Studio Abroad. You will "login/register" with your PSU id/password, complete your profile, and then apply to the specific exchange program. You will submit an essay and two recommendation letters on Studio Abroad. Before leaving on your program, everything on Studio Abroad must be complete.
  4. The Study Abroad Committee will review your application and will decide if you are a good candidate for participation in an exchange program with a partner university. After receiving the Study Abroad Committee's approval, the Study Abroad Coordinator will help initiate the application process with the partner university.
  5. Pay the $30 Study Abroad Fee in the International Programs & Services Office.
  6. You will then apply to the partner university. You will receive information about housing and an official acceptance letter that you will need in order to apply for your student visa.
  7. Apply for your student visa, if necessary. Please note that it is usually necessary to apply in person at the designated consulate (often in Chicago or New York). Information on visa requirements are listed on the website for each consulate.
  8. Apply for housing at the partner university.
  9. Ask the Study Abroad Coordinator for post-acceptance and pre-departure checklists!

Affiliate Programs

  1. Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator- studyabroad@pittstate.edu
  2. Visit the Forms page to see the required paperwork. You will submit the following to Whitesitt 118: application form, credit transfer form, unofficial transcript, degree audit, W9, and a stipend fellowship form.
  3. Complete the online application on Studio Abroad. You will "login/register" with your PSU id/password, complete your profile, and then apply to the specific program (If you do not see your program on Studio Abroad, please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator). You will submit an essay and two recommendation letters on Studio Abroad. Before leaving on your program, everything on Studio Abroad must be complete.
  4. The Study Abroad Committee will review your application and will decide if you are a good candidate for participation in an affiliate program with a study abroad company.
  5. Pay the $30 Study Abroad Fee in the International Programs & Services Office.
  6. You will then apply to the affiliate company. Please be aware of the affiliate company's deadlines.
  7. Be in contact with your advisor at the affiliate company. He/she will assist you with housing, visa requirements, etc.
  8. Apply for your student visa, if necessary. Please note that it is usually necessary to apply in person at the designated consulate (often in Chicago or New York). Information on visa requirements are listed on the website for each consulate.
  9. Ask the Study Abroad Coordinator for post-acceptance and pre-departure checklists!

Non-Affiliated Programs

If you would like to study abroad with a company that is not on our list of affiliate programs, please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator. You will follow the same steps for an affiliate program, but you will need to petition for the program. During the application process, you will submit a Petition to Participate in a Non-Suggested Program. You will explain why you have chosen the particular program, provide the details of the program (sponsor, time, academic standard, health and safety concerns, etc.), and will verify that your transcript will be accepted for transfer credit. 

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