General Study Abroad Checklist for studying at a WSU exchange partner university.

  1. Determine semester/year desired for your time abroad.
  2. Meet with the academic advisor to help select the right program for your interests and discuss that program’s eligibility requirements.
  3. Consult past participants for insight on a particular university and culture.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor to determine which classes you might take during your semester(s) abroad.
  5. Complete the WSU Study Abroad Application, which includes personal statement, 2 reference forms/recommendation letters, and 1 official WSU transcript.JPEG Image

Priority deadlines:

  • Fall semester - September 1st
  • Spring semester - February 1st
  1. If you do not already have a valid passport, then you will need to apply for one as soon as possible.
  2. Research selected website to find course offerings for your semester. This can be challenging so meet with the academic advisor for help, as needed.
  3. Have courses approved by academic advisor: Academic Course Approval Form.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor about specific application for the program/university you intend to apply. (Often times, this can be an extensive application so it is important to begin this process early and submit the application well in advance.)
  5. Keep in touch with your advisor throughout the process and have everything submitted at least three weeks prior to the program/university’s deadline so your advisor can review it and then, mail it to that university directly.
  6. Once acceptance letter has been received, you should apply for student visa if required by the country where you will study. (Normally, you can only apply up to 3 months prior to your departure and it is best to apply at least 2 to 3 months before your scheduled departure if possible. Some visas can be issued in as little as one week and others can take a couple of months.)PNG Image
  7. In addition to applying for the visa, you will also need to purchase your airline ticket.
  8. Review all materials received from your host university and complete any additional forms that they may require, such as applications for accommodations.
  9. Follow Study Abroad Checklist for general instructions to prepare for your adventure abroad, which will be provided by your advisor.