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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 search tools.  Visit the Funding Your Experience Abroad page for information about scholarships and financial aid for study abroad.

Other resources:

  • Start an Exploring Application by clicking the "Request Advising" button on any program brochure page to obtain helpful information as you are planning to study abroad.
  • Attend a Study Abroad Fair - An info fair is held each semester and is a great way to browse programs. Visit the SAGL Event Calendar to find out whether a fair is coming up.
  • 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)

Study Abroad Advisors can help you as you try to decide on a program that fits your needs, access available funding options, and navigate the course approval process.

Walk-in Peer Advising - SAGL Student Representatives, who have recently studied abroad and are trained to assist you, are available throughout the week (during semesters) to help you explore programs. Stop by our office (HCIC 1014) to view the peer advisor schedule posted just outside our door.

Study Abroad Advisors - To schedule a meeting with a staff advisor, select the appropriate advisor below, login with your NetID and password, and choose an appointment time that works for you.

  • Krista Erickson - Advisor for programs in Europe (except Spain), Africa (except Morocco), and the Semester at Sea program
  • Katherine Hale - Advisor for programs in Latin America, Spain, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji), and North America. Katherine also advises on the International Student Teaching program.


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 there is a non-refundable $150 study abroad application fee that will be charged to your Topnet account after you stubmit your application.

After submitting your application, a Study Abroad Advisor will review your application and check your GPA and disciplinary record for eligibility.  Once you have been 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 for all scholarships for which you are eligible by their respective deadlines!


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 Last Modified 11/14/18