Considering a semester abroad? Here is a step-by-step checklist for what you'll need to do, from the beginning to the end of the process.
Make appointment with International Programs staff to discuss interests and options.
Research study abroad programs based on IPO recommendations; may also check other study abroad websites; talk with study abroad returnees; attend information sessions, etc.
Discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor.
Apply for semester abroad - WWC Semester Abroad or external program online here. (Applications and external program approval forms are due October 1 for spring programs and March 1 for summer/fall programs.)
Ask professors (and if necessary, the Service Learning Office, the Modern Language Department, and/or work supervisors) for recommendations at least three weeks before the deadline.
Turn in application or approval form by October 1 for spring programs, March 1 for summer/fall programs
Obtain or renew your passport (Can be done at your local post office - pictures can be taken for a lesser expense at Walgreens or CVS). Make sure it will be valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from the country you are studying in.
If applying for a WWC semester abroad program, turn in Part II of the application (course approval form, medical history self-evaluation, and physical exam form) by November 1 for spring programs, April 1 for fall programs. This will be on the second part of your online application, post-acceptance.
Look into visa requirements for the country to which you’ll be traveling. If you do need to secure a visa in advance, you may learn more about visas here.
Check with your current health insurance provider regarding overseas coverage and limitations. To learn more about shopping for travel insurance, click here.
Purchase study abroad health insurance if coverage is not provided by current health insurance or study abroad program. Contact the International Programs Office for more information about study abroad health insurance.
Get vaccinations (if necessary) from your health care provider or the Buncombe County Health Department. You may learn more about country-specific vaccines from the Center for Disease Control.
Purchase airline tickets.
Contact the Housing Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)about your plans to be off-campus and possible storage needs.
Attend WWC International Programs pre-departure orientation.
Complete evaluation and, if applicable, paperwork for reimbursement.
Check to make sure that the Registrar has received transcripts from your program.
Attend meetings and special events for semester abroad returnees. Consider giving a presentation as part of the annual Forum on Semester Abroad or other venues.