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Getting Started

Are you ready to start planning your study abroad experience? If so, please see the following steps to get started:

  1. Email the Study Abroad Office at From there the Study Abroad Office will add you to the Marian University Study Abroad Canvas course and set up a meeting with you to talk about your study abroad plans and goals.
  2. Apply for a passport if you do not already have one. More information on the passport application process can be found here.
  3. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss course selection and complete the “Academic Plan for International Study Form”, which can be found in Canvas.
  4. Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss how your specific financial aid package may transfer abroad.
  5. Complete all of the forms in Canvas, and apply to your desired study abroad program.
  6. Apply for a student visa (if required).
  7. Attend the mandatory study abroad pre-departure orientation.
  8. Go abroad!
  9. Make sure you have an official copy of your transcript sent back to Marian so that you can get credit for your classes taken abroad.

Misconceptions of Study Abroad

  1. I can’t afford it. You may be surprised to learn that many study abroad programs cost the same or less than a semester at Marian. Your financial aid may apply, and scholarships and loans may be available. Start thinking about possible funding sources early so you will be able to do all the things you want to while overseas.
  2. I don’t speak another language. Many study abroad programs offer the option to take courses in English and to study the language for the first time in the host country. You have a variety of choices, so take the time to meet with the Study Abroad Office to find which overseas program best fits your interests and goals.
  3. I won’t be able to graduate on time if I study abroad. Meet with our Global Engagement staff, as well as your academic advisor, to discuss an academic plan for a semester abroad and for your remaining semesters at Marian. Planning is the key to making sure you can fit everything in during your college years.
  4. My campus leadership and/or athletic activities won’t allow me to study abroad. You should talk with your coach/student activities office about the option of being away for a semester. If an entire semester is not possible, consider studying abroad when it will interfere less with your activities (i.e., summer term). There are ways to deal with any and all roadblocks that you see in your way, and the Global Engagement Office is here to help.
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