Preparing to live and study in a new location takes time and thought. Review the following stages to understand the study abroad cycle.

    Choose a Program

    In the early part of the study abroad process, you can explore options by program type, location, and academic disciplines. Simultaneously, review other key information such finances and guiding reflection questions

    As you contemplate which program is right for you, consider your goals. What are you hoping to develop, strengthen, and/or learn? Given your timing, financial situation, health needs, etc., what is most feasible? Also, consider the host community conditions. Are you able to live the way you want? What safety and health standards should you consider? How will you have to adjust to the local conditions?   

    To begin the process, the Office of International Programs & Services recommends student attend an in-person workshop and/or view the Study Away 101 recording. Once you have a good sense of your options and your unique needs, make an appointment with an advisor! 

    Apply to Study Abroad

    Each type of program has different requirements and timelines. 

    Evergreen study abroad deadlines are designed to help students structure their timeline so they're well-prepared for the experience. 

    Many options require application components in addition to the Evergreen Office of International Programs & Services application. Be aware of those deadlines as well. 

    Prepare to Depart

    Congrats! You've applied and been conditionally approved. Now you must complete all pre-departure requirements before receiving full authorization to study abroad. In-person and online resources are available to help you be well-prepared for your experience. 

    Study Abroad!

    You made it! You've done the research, prepared logistically, and learned about your host community. The Office of International Programs & Services offers tips and resources to help maximize your study abroad experience. 


    The process of coming back looks very different for different students. Many find themselves missing their host communities and their former lifestyles. Some are excited to be home to see friends and family. Don't waste these thoughts and feelings. It's very likely that, through reflection, you still have a lot to learn from your experience. Find ways to continue your learning and to impact your communities with your newfound knowledge, skills, and attitudes.