Study Abroad Application Process
Applying to study abroad is a student-driven process supported by study abroad staff. We expect you to take responsibility for the application process by asking questions along the way and adhering to important deadlines.
Before You Apply
Planning ahead is key to facilitating a smooth study abroad experience. You should begin planning for study abroad at least one year prior to the program start date. If you are just getting started, you should review our list of recommended First Steps.
At minimum, you must be enrolled as a full-time student with good academic standing at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to apply to study abroad. Most applications are standard across all program types and administering campus unit. For more information on common application requirements, review the sections below.
Steps to Apply
Spring 2022 COVID-19 Requirement
For Spring 2022, the university added an important step to the study abroad application process: the “COVID-19 Study Abroad Student Assessment and Action Plan.” The assessment is available in student applications in My Study Abroad and is due on or before September 15 (the same day as the study abroad application deadline).
If possible, you should review the assessment prior to your required study abroad advising session to address questions or concerns. If you have already met with your study abroad advisor, you should reach back out if you have questions regarding the questionnaire.
The assessment includes links to partner surveys and other resources in the instructions. These will assist you with the questionnaire. The intent is to inform your understanding of program planning and help you develop response plans for potential disruptions or issues resulting from COVID-19. Your responses will be used with the other requirements you submit to gauge if you are eligible and prepared to study abroad in Spring 2022.
You should also review the Spring 2022 Planning Timeline (PDF) for important, required actions you must take during the process.
The application process below is for Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)-administered programs. For other programs, please contact the administering college study abroad office for application instructions.
- Once you have chosen a program, click on the “Apply Now” button on the My Study Abroad program page.
- Complete the requirements on your application checklist by the assigned deadline.
- Application requirements and deadlines may vary. Contact the program's advisor if anything is unclear. Required components will appear in a list on your application homepage. When completed, check marks will appear next to each component.
- You can only apply to one IAGE-administered program per term. You will be asked to provide a second and third-choice program option in the event that you are not accepted to your first choice.
- Many programs will require a second application be submitted to the host institution. You will be provided instructions for completing this application via your application checklist in My Study Abroad or you will be prompted by your program's advisor.
Some programs are selective, which means we may receive more applications than the program can accommodate. When a program has been selective over multiple application cycles, it will be noted on the program page in My Study Abroad. Otherwise, students will be notified directly if we foresee that a program will be selective for any given term. All applications to selective programs will be evaluated by a committee using a rubric that takes into consideration the applicant’s GPA, academic recommendation, and quality of their short answer responses. In the event a student is not accepted to their first-choice program, we will work with that student to explore their alternate program choices.
Your acceptance into the program will be communicated to you via email one week after the application deadline. Your application status will be updated to “accepted” in My Study Abroad. This designation means that you have been accepted by the study abroad office and nominated to study abroad at your host institution. You will receive a Program Budget and Confirmation of Participation outlining the costs and policy associated with your program. Your study abroad advisor will also send an overview of your next steps, which may include a second application from your host institution. Final acceptance to study abroad is not guaranteed until you have been accepted by your host institution.
You will have two weeks to decide whether or not you will commit to your study abroad program. If you cancel your participation after committing to your program, you will be held responsible for a withdrawal fee. Review our withdrawal policy on the Billing & Withdrawals page.