After your advising appointment…
Consider your academic goals
- What subjects do I want to take? Do I want them to count for my major, my minor, my general education requirements, or do I want them as electives? Is there an academic focus not available at GC which I can study while abroad? How will I fit this study abroad experience into my overall degree plan?
- Please note that you will not typically receive quality points for courses transferred in from institutions abroad. Exceptions to this include credits earned through GCâ€™s Oxford Program, or courses taught by GC faculty abroad.
Consider financial plans
How much will my time abroad cost? What costs are included in the advertised program costs, and what do I need to pay separately? How will I pay for itâ€”parents, financial aid, travel scholarships? How do I plan a budget? Consult with the Financial Aid Office once you have completed a tentative budget, and/or if you need to apply for a student loan.
Apply for applicable Travel Scholarships
There are many study abroad scholarships out there, and it is well worth the effort if you end up receiving scholarship money. Think of the search in terms of hours/effort spent vs. potential payoff — the “per hour” rate is not bad at all! Start searching now!
What about a Passport?
Your parents are probably going to be investing in many ways during this time of your life as they support your plans, so it’s a great idea to keep them involved and informed.
Choose a program and APPLY!
Georgetown College works with a wide variety of study abroad programs to offer our students study abroad opportunities throughout the world. Each program provider has its own application process, but the Office of International Programs is here to support you along the way.
Be sure to visit the forms section of our website for helpful planning materials!