Getting Started

Getting Started

Deciding to study abroad is a big decision and there is much to consider when deciding which program is the best fit for you, personally, professionally, and academically. Please use these 'Getting Started' steps to guide you and your thinking when exploring our programs. Before you know it, you'll be on your way to study abroad!

Step 1

Attend the Education Abroad Fair in October.

Step 2

Discuss your plans to study abroad with your academic advisor. Develop an academic plan that organizes all classes and credits you need to graduate on time. Make sure you consider your general education requirements, major, minor, department, and scholarship (performing arts) requirements.

Step 3

Identify your needs and interests. Studying abroad should support your degree, enrich your professional life and future career, and contribute to your personal goals.

Step 4

Research our programs and the host institutions' cities and countries before meeting with an education abroad advisor.

Step 5

Make an appointment with an education abroad advisor to discuss your study abroad program options. To make an advising appointment, please contact the Center for Global Education at (630) 637-5132 or stop by Abe House (next to the College Campus Store).

Step 6

Apply for your study abroad program by the deadline! Applications for fall semester programs are due January 31 of that year, and applications for spring semester programs are due September 10, approximately 4-5 months before departure.

Deposits, Deadlines, and Policies

Keep track of all the important dates and policies for education abroad applicants and students.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Learn how financial aid works while you're abroad and find scholarships to fund your education abroad experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find the answers to all your education abroad related questions.

Ambassadors

Speak with a Program Returnee

Learn about the education abroad experience from someone who has already studied abroad!

Application Steps

Find all the application steps and details you need to submit an application for an education abroad program.