How to Apply

Study Abroad Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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Step 1: Attend FIRST STEP

This is an information session about WU Sponsored Study Abroad. Check the Upcoming Events for dates and other study abroad related events. This is REQUIRED before scheduling your individual study abroad advising appointment with OIE.

Step 2: Explore the Office of International Education's website

Research Selection Criteria, how to apply, available programs, deadlines and the included IDS 102X Maximizing the Study Abroad Experience (.25) course. Review the elements you will need to complete for your application here.

Step 3: Meet with advisors- we have things to talk about!

OIE: Come to our office in person to book an appointment with an OIE advisor. In advising you will discuss program details, answer questions you have, and we will ask you questions too to assist you in  submitting a strong application. Make this appointment, in person, after you have attended First Step. Advising is considered a required step.

Academic Advisor: Meet with your academic advisor to discuss courses you may need or want to take abroad. Talk about how studying abroad will fit into your overall degree plan. If you plan to take courses abroad taught in a language other than English, meet with that WU language department to discuss how the courses would transfer back to Willamette.

Step 4: Start an application

Click on Apply Now! to access the application from a program list. This step is about seeking approval from WU to participate in study abroad with WU's sponsorship. For the WU application, you will start an application with the name of a specific program on it but this is to work through the WU process of approval first.

Step 5: Consider how you will pay for study abroad

Start a plan for how you will pay for study abroad now! Review your program information and Cost Matrix for an estimate and structure to put together potential costs.

Willamette financial aid: For all Willamette-sponsored programs, you are billed regular WU tuition and use your usual financial aid. If you have any questions or concerns about how your financial aid works for study abroad, contact a WU financial aid advisor.

Study abroad scholarships: Research scholarships EARLY (even as you apply to study abroad!) to avoid missing important deadlines.

  • Some scholarship deadlines will come before you receive the official approval of your study abroad application.
  • Check the eligibility requirements of each scholarship. Contact the scholarship program if you are unsure whether you need final approval from Willamette before applying for the scholarship.
  • Don’t make assumptions without asking! If you wait until you receive your official approval for study abroad, you will likely miss most of the scholarship deadlines.

Step 6: What happens next?

If you are approved/accepted for WU sponsored study abroad:

  • The Committee will assign a program to you along with a specific term in the decision notification (usually late February).
  • You will Commit or Decline (if WU approves you) the offer and then you will start a separate process to enroll in your assigned program.
  • By the time the decisions are announced, you should have enough information about your credit needs, financial implications for you; program structure and characteristics; and your readiness to move forward so when you are asked to Commit or Decline, you are making an informed choice within the 10 day Commit/Decline period.
  • Be sure to ask OIE any questions in the period from the deadline to the week before spring classes start if you are unsure about any of these things. The Committee needs an accurate assessment of your intentions in order to make an informed decision.

There are materials in the application which describe withdraw and refund scenarios which you agree to as you apply.


Check the OIE website - check the Quick links, site links, use the Information Session, and your OIE advising session. Still have questions?