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Getting Started

Getting started on the adventure of a lifetime!
  1. Attend an information session 
    This is the first step of the journey. These thirty-minute sessions are held twice weekly during the semester. The session will cover study abroad opportunities at ODU, eligibility requirements, scholarships and planning. All students interested in studying abroad must attend one of these sessions. For a schedule of upcoming sessions, please click here.

  2. Attend a group advising session
    Most students will attend a group advising session following the information session. During this session, an advisor from the Office of Study Abroad will help you to set up your online account in StudioAbroad, show you how to search through available programs, work with you to create a sample budget and academic plan, and answer general questions. Following this session, students will be able to complete the online advising application. These sessions are offered twice a week during the semester.

    Please click here for a schedule of upcoming sessions. It is highly recommended that you bring your own laptop or tablet to this session.

  3. Make an individual appointment with a study abroad advisor
    Once you have completed the online advising application you created at the group advising session, budget worksheet, and academic plan, you can make an individual appointment with a study abroad advisor. During this one-on-one appointment, you will discuss application procedures, transfer credit approval, financial aid, scholarships and ask any questions you have about studying abroad.
  4. Apply for a program
    Once you and your study abroad advisor have found a program that matches your interests, goals, academics, and budget, you will complete the application for that program on StudioAbroad. It is important to meet the Office of Study Abroad's application deadlines, which can be found here. Some programs have deadlines that differ from the general date, so be sure to check your program's specific deadline on its program page in StudioAbroad.
Note: Allow yourself plenty of time to complete a program application, finish your academic planning, fulfill financial aid and scholarship requirements, and get ready to study abroad. Typically application deadlines range from three months to one year before the program starts.

2018 Faculty-Led application deadlines:
Spring Break: November 10, 2017
Summer: February 23, 2018