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Roadmap to Study Abroad


Roadmap to Study Abroad

This page is for students who are planning to study abroad for a semester, a year, or during the summer. If you are looking for information on RMU's Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs (FLEAPs), click here.

Early Preparation
(6+ months prior to studying abroad)

The earlier you start preparing to study abroad, the more options you will have. Here are some steps to take 6+ months prior to studying abroad:

  1. talk to your academic advisor about your plans to study abroad, and work with them to save electives and general courses (e.g., History, Literature, Principles of _____, etc.) to take while you are abroad
  2. research scholarships and program options
  3. get your passport, if you don't have one already
  4. share your interest in studying abroad here to receive email updates about deadlines, scholarships, and information sessions

Timelines for Studying Abroad

There are different timelines for studying abroad depending on the time of year you plan to go abroad. Check out the following links for timelines specific to when you wish to study abroad:

Roadmap for Your Semester or Summer Abroad
(4-6 months prior to studying abroad)

You should start the RMU process for studying abroad no later than the beginning of the semester prior to when you wish to study abroad. If you start the process prior to this time, you will need to meet with a study abroad advisor again at this time.

Here are your steps for studying abroad:

  1. Watch this short video. You must choose 'log in with Google' and then use your RMU email address and password to log in.
  2. Fill out a pre-advising goals worksheet. This must be done in Adobe or by hand, rather than in your web browser. 
  3. Email the worksheet to your study abroad advisor (schrader@rmu.edu).
  4. Make an appointment with your study abroad advisor here.
  5. Fill out your RMU application materials by the appropriate deadline (see the top right of this page).
  6. Fill out your university or program abroad's application by their deadline.
  7. Purchase your flight once you are accepted by your university or program abroad (and have a visa, if necessary).
  8. Attend pre-departure orientation (scheduled in the last month of each semester).
  9. Complete other applications and forms as required and explained by your study abroad advisor and your university or program abroad. This may include visas, international insurance, and housing applications.

Note on Passports: Make sure that you have a valid passport. Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for up to six months after your entry or return from their country. This means you have to check your passport expiration date carefully. For example, if your passport expires on September 1, 2019, and you want to travel May 2019, you will need to renew your passport before you go. 

Note on Visas: Every country's visa requirements differ. You should receive information from your host university once you are accepted about the visa process. If you do not feel like you are getting this information in a timely manner or have questions about the process, please reach out to your study abroad advisor.


RMU Application Deadlines

Preparing for studying abroad requires meeting a number of important deadlines. Applications/deposits received on or before the dates listed below will be fully considered for an education abroad experience. Past the deadline? Please speak to a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss what options are available to you.

Recommended Spring Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due September 27th, 2018

Recommended Fall Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due March 28th, 2019

Recommended Summer Abroad Deadline: RMU application materials due February 28th, 2019

Faculty-Led Programs (FLEAPs): TBD