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First Steps to Begin Your Journey

Excited to embark on your journey From the Hilltop to the World®?  The Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning is here to help every step of the way!  If you have any questions or concerns about studying abroad, don't hesitate to contact us any time.

STEP 1: Explore Programs and Funding Options

You can research programs online by using the search tools.  Visit the Funding My Program page for information about scholarships and financial aid.

Other resources:

  • Start an Exploring Application by clicking the "Request Advising" button on any program brochure page.  It contains helpful information as you begin planning to study abroad.
  • Attend a Study Abroad Fair -  This info fair is held each semester in September and February and is a great way to browse programs. Visit the SAGL Event Calendar to check on the next fair date.
  • Other SAGL Events - Visit the SAGL Event Calendar for dates and times of events where you could obtain more information.


STEP 2: Meet with an Advisor (optional but strongly recommended)

SAGL Advisors can help you as you try to decide on a program that fits your needs, learn about available funding options, and navigate the application process.  Visit our Request Advising page for advising options and to schedule a meeting.


STEP 3: Meet with Your Academic Advisor

It's important to keep your academic advisor in the loop about your study abroad plans to make sure you stay on track to graduation, especially if you plan to spend a semester or academic year abroad.  Your advisor may be able to assist you with selecting the best courses and obtaining approval for course equivalencies if you will be transferring credit. 


STEP 4: Select a Program and Start Applying

Once you have decided on the program that best fits your needs, you can start your application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the program page.  Please note that for all programs except WKU Faculty Led there is a non-refundable $150 study abroad application fee.

After submitting your application, a Study Abroad Advisor will review your application and check your GPA and conduct record.  Once you are accepted, you will be notified to return to your study abroad application, view the decision, and complete the remaining post-decision (pre-departure) materials.  

Unless you are going on a WKU faculty-led program, you will also need to complete an additional application through the study abroad provider website or partner institution.  Don't forget to apply forscholarships by their respective deadlines!


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 Last Modified 12/1/20