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  1. Research your options
    Verify eligibility, choose a program, look at cost estimates, start the conversation with your academic advisor, check courses and equivalencies, don’t forget the regulations and policies – all this info is on our website!

  2. Book an appointment
    Talk to our Study Abroad Student Advisors – they will ensure that you have all the right details before you approach the final step! Look for our appointment timings.

  3. Submit your Application
    Submit the ONLINE application. You may drop off required documents during the designated timings. .


Study Abroad Program Checklist

Wherever or whenever you're thinking about studying abroad, the starting point remains the same.

  • Meet with a Education Abroad Academic Advisor.
  • Select a Study Abroad Program.

    • Programs can be through the Study Abroad program or a Faculty-Led program.
  • Complete the application forms.

    • You can only get the application by meeting with a education abroad advisor in our office.
    • You will also need to get references from faculty members. Be sure to provide the faculty member with the reference form and allow them time to submit it to our office.
  • Contact a financial aid counselor.

    • You need to understand how program payments are made and be realistic about the costs involved. This will help you to avoid disappointing surprises later in the process.
  • Contact your Academic Advisor.

    • You will need to meet with your advisor to review possible courses and make sure they match up with your degree. It is YOUR responsibility to discuss your program with your advisor.
    • Your advisor will also need to complete and sign the Study Abroad Course Approval Form.
  • Apply for your passport.

Once you are approved through the ISU Education Abroad Office, then you can begin filling out the application to the international institution you want to attend.

  • Fill out the following forms and return them to our office.

    • Health Statement
    • Travel Seminar Release Info
    • SA Certification
    • Travel Liability Waver
  • Get us a copy of the following documents:

    • Passport
    • Visa (if applicable)
  • Apply to your program of choice.

    • If you need assistance with anything, contact our office.


The Indiana State University Education Abroad Office uses the following procedures in the screening and selection of program participants:

Class Standing

The optimum time to study abroad is fall sophomore year. Students who transfer to Indiana State University must have at least one full semester of ISU credit on their transcript before they are considered for study abroad; however, you may apply for studying in your second semester.

The Education Abroad Office works hard to make studying abroad happen for students within their 4-Year Guarantee. Graduate students who have completed at least one semester at ISU may apply to a limited set of programs that allow graduate student participation. Note that most Study Abroad programs are designed for undergraduate students and only offer undergraduate courses.


To be eligible for ISU’s Study Abroad Program, you should have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Students with a GPA of 2.0  to 2.5 may apply for consideration with additional requirements:

  • Meet with an Education Abroad staff member to discuss personal and academic preparedness and academic options abroad.
  • A recommendation letter from your academic advisor specifically supporting  your desire to study abroad.
  • A one-page single-spaced personal statement expressing your academic and personal interest, commitment to studying abroad, your choice of host institution and the course of study.

Be reminded that with a lower GPA, your study abroad host institutions may be limited. Make sure you know the GPA requirements of the program you are applying for.

Program Specific Requirements

Some study abroad programs have requirements in addition to class standing and GPA.  For example, Edge Hill University requires that students submit an application complete with a personal essay, official transcript, and faculty references. Note: additional reference letters may be accepted if your GPA is lower than the program minimum.

Lower Age Limits

The Education Abroad Office does not permit university applicants under the age of 18 or high school students to participate in its programs.

Selection Process

The Education Abroad Office screens the applications for study abroad. A standard application consists of demographic information, faculty/staff recommendation form (two), course approval form (Academic Planning Form). Applicants’ GPA and on-campus discipline file will also be reviewed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, we will not accept your application until one semester prior to departure.

In the case of co-sponsored programs (affiliate programs), once the Education Abroad Office has approved the student’s application, it is then forwarded to the study abroad affiliate. In some cases the affiliate permits direct admissions in which case the students will receive automatic acceptance letters. In other cases, the agency or the institution makes the final decision regarding admission.

Acceptance into the Study Abroad Program is determined by the student maintaining their academic performance. Final GPA checks will be run to ensure that students still have the appropriate GPA for Study Abroad programs. Students who receive incomplete or withdrawals for course work during that semester may forfeit final program acceptance and will be withdrawn for studying abroad.

Other Factors

For many of the programs, participation will be based on the student’s ability to get necessary travel documents on their own (i.e., passports, visas, etc.). These documents are issued by U.S. and foreign government offices. While we can provide supporting documentation, the governments have final authority over the issuing of travel documents. Applications may be denied for any reason, including, but not limited to, insufficient documentation, pending legal action, past criminal history, etc. Application procedures and requirements will vary based on citizenship status. Non-U.S. citizens may have significantly different conditions to meet in order to get these travel documents. Pre-planning is key. Look into timelines for obtaining the required documents before applying to a program.

Disciplinary Eligibility

When studying abroad, students are held to the same Code of Conduct as students who study at ISU. Click here to review the ISU Code of Conduct.

ISU is committed to the prevention of sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. Students studying abroad are, again, held to the same standards as students who study on-campus at ISU. Visit the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX website for more information.

Registered Sexual Offender Status

Students falling under the requirement to register as sexual offenders in Indiana are excluded from participation in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

To the extent that their legal status permits them to travel abroad, the measure does not exclude these students from possible international educational opportunities; individually organized, informal, and third-party provided options may be open to them under current regulations.


Students who are convicted felons or who have a felony charge pending against them, are excluded from participation in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

To the extent that their legal status permits them to travel abroad, the measure does not exclude these students from possible international educational opportunities; individually organized, informal, and third-party provided options may be open to them under current regulations.

Disciplinary Probation

Students who are on university disciplinary probation are excluded from participation in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

Students with a past record of disciplinary action against them , but not currently on probation, will be screened on a case-by-case base when they apply to participate in ISU-sponsored group study abroad programs.

This measure does not exclude students on probation from possible study abroad participation. Individually organized, informal, and third-party provided opportunities are open to them under current regulations, and they may become generally eligible again after the end of probation.


Pre-Acceptance Forms

After meeting with an Education Abroad Adviser, please fill out the Study Abroad Application as well as the other forms in this section. You will not be accepted into the ISU Study Abroad Program unless all forms are received.

Passport Links

Follow the link for Passport Application instructions and forms.

Follow the link for Passport Renewal instructions and forms.



These are internal ISU due dates for submitting a completed study abroad application. Please note the exceptions to these dates.




Fall May 1st University of Stirling

March 15th

Summer April 1st ISA
University of Stirling

March 1st

Spring October 15th American College of Thessaloniki Spring 1 Term
University of Stirling

October 1st


Applications will NOT be accepted after the deadlines, unless previously approved by the Education Abroad Director. Deadlines vary throughout study abroad programs and universities. Often the deadlines fall in the middle of the semester prior to a study abroad program.

*Disclaimer: Some programs have earlier deadlines to accommodate towards processing and evaluation time. To receive deadlines for a certain program, please meet with an Education Abroad Advisor.

Very rarely does the Education Abroad office deny a student's application to Education Abroad. All Application Forms must be completed before the deadline in order for an application to be reviewed.

However, Indiana State University reserves the right to interview the student during the application process and to deny acceptance to any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications. Additionally, students studying or conducting research abroad may not be on academic or disciplinary probation, suspension or deferred suspension at the time of application, prior to, or during their time abroad.

Students will be accepted if they meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Education Abroad office and the qualifications/prerequisites of the program they are applying to.