Steps to Study Abroad

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    Attend a First Step Session

    Attend our mandatory info session First Step if this is your first time studying abroad through the OIE. Learn about how to find programs, how DU's system works & important considerations.

    First Step Sessions

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    Start a DU Abroad Application in DU Passport

    In the First Step Session, you will learn how to start a DU Abroad Application, where you’ll get access to advising resources and start the process of study abroad program selection. 

    • There is no commitment to starting the application
    • You must submit the DU Abroad Application by the application deadline
    • You can start a DU Abroad Application using the Apply Now button on any DUPP program brochure in DU Passport
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    Research programs

    Start by considering what you want out of a program. See Things to Consider to get an idea of what you should be asking yourself. Once you have an idea of what you want, search for programs in DU Passport.

    • Read the entire online program brochure for each program in DU Passport that interests you – be sure to check the Eligibility section.
    • Add programs of interest to your DU Abroad Application.
    • Visit each program's website for more details (course lists, extracurriculars, etc.)
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    Stop by Drop-in Advising hours to get help with getting started

    Come by our office to speak to someone about how to get started, how to narrow down your program choices and review what steps you need to take in order to study abroad.

    Drop-in Advising Hours

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    Complete/Submit your DU Abroad Application

    You must complete AND submit your DU Abroad Application by the deadline.

    • After you submit your DU Abroad Application, the OIE will review your submission, check to make sure you meet all requirements; and are a good fit for the program.
    • If you do not meet the eligibility requirements or effectively demonstrate you are a good fit for the program, you will be asked to find a new program.
    • Some program with limited chance of acceptance might require additional application material, such as an essay or interview. If this is the case for your program the OIE will contact you after you have submitted your DU Abroad Application.
    • Deadlines:
      • Early Application Deadline: December 1
      • Standard Application Deadline: February 1
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    Get/renew your passport

    Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past the end of your program.

    • Get a passport (or renew your current one) now to avoid delays or barriers to you studying abroad
      • Note: If you have an expiring passport issued prior to you turning 16, the renewal process does not apply and you must apply for a new passport in person.
    • See the US Department of State for information how to get/renew a US passport