Thinking about studying abroad but don’t know where to start? Then this is the place for you.
As you plan, make sure that you:
- Visit the ACE Office to learn about some of the programs available to University of Minnesota, Morris students;
- Meet with the University of Minnesota, Morris study abroad adviser, Sarah Ashkar to discuss your plans and make sure that you are on track;
- Visit the ACE Office to get some required forms like the Academic Advising form and work with the study abroad adviser to build a Study Abroad Cost Estimate (SACE). You should complete a SACE at least two months prior to your planned departure;
- Meet with financial aid staff (after making the SACE) to find out what you can expect financially during your time abroad;
- Meet with your adviser and/or discipline coordinator for your major to discuss your plans and how they fit in with your academics.
When considering what you would like to do abroad and where you would like to go, think about what you hope to get out of the experience. Are you going to see another part of the world, get to know another culture, improve foreign language skills, or take coursework not typically offered in Morris? There are an endless number of reasons to go abroad, but if you know why you would like to go, it will help you, and the ACE Office staff, identify programs which may be of interest to you.
There are a variety of program types including study, service, work, and intern. You can also choose if you would like to go for a semester, year, or for a short-term program over the summer, winter break, or spring break.
You should consider what type of credits you hope to get while abroad—general education requirements or courses for your major—as this will help identify which programs have the courses that you need.
To find out which programs are available, search from the study abroad page, visit the ACE Office where we will help you find books and information about programs which you may be interested in, or meet with the University of Minnesota, Morris study abroad adviser.
Another great resource while searching for study abroad programs is the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities’ Learning Abroad Center’s website.
When to plan
While each program has its own deadline, the general rule of thumb is that you should start planning by early in the semester proceeding the term you plan to be gone. Start planning in the spring for fall or academic year programs and in the fall for spring programs.
IMPORTANT: Some programs have early deadlines so it is important to start looking early to ensure that you don’t miss out on a great program. Some deadlines are as early as January for the next year in the spring.
Once you’ve decided on a program, make an appointment with the study abroad adviser to make sure all of your paperwork is complete and also see the Study Abroad Checklist for Students to ensure that no steps are missed in the planning process!