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Application Instructions

Before Applying

Verify eligibility: Academic standing and adherence to community standards are among the factors for eligibility, as is program appropriateness for your academic goals. 

Select your program: To explore your options, attend Study Abroad Week events, follow up with information sessions for the programs that might interest you, and consult with your academic advisors to ensure the programs can contribute to your academic goals. 

Plan ahead: To give approvers (Advising Dean and DUS) and academic reference writers time to submit their information, keep in mind application deadlines: academic year and semester program applications are due early November and summer applications are due in February.

Wait patiently: Decisions regarding study abroad applications are typically announced mid to late January for academic year/semester and mid to late February for summer (these are subject to change).

Go further: If you're selected to study abroad, the impetus will be on you to make the most of this opportunity. Take part in service projects and internships, challenge yourself with thought provoking courses, or research something new, and allow this new experience to shape you into the global citizen you're destined to become.

Other Application Considerations

  • Personal statement (maximum 600 words): This is the most important element of the application. Please consider scheduling a consultation with the Writing Center.
  • Maximum number of applications: You may apply to a maximum of three different programs. DO NOT apply for different terms to the same program. You will be notified to rank your programs AFTER the application deadline. 
  • Semester of choice: Select your first-choice term for the program to which you are applying. If you are not able to participate in an alternate semester, be sure to provide your reason(s) within the application questionnaire.
  • Advising dean and DUS approvals: Applicants other than freshmen must schedule separate meetings with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) of their major(s) AND an associate/assistant dean. Most schools and colleges set deadlines for granting approvals.
  • Academic and language references (as required): Please ask your professors before listing them as an academic or language reference. Once you submit your reference request, the faculty member will receive a notification email. Please note: Academic references MUST BE from ND faculty/staff who has taught and/or graded you for a 3-credit course in an academic discipline.

After You Apply

After you submit your application, please check your application page frequently to make sure all references and academic approvals have been received. We are unable to evaluate your application until all materials have been submitted. Then, wait patiently. Decisions will be released mid to late January (this is subject to change).

For questions regarding study abroad opportunities or applications, contact Study Abroad.