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 studyabroad.org, planetedu.com, other websites; talk with study abroad returnees; attend information sessions, etc.
Discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor.
Pick up WWC semester abroad application or external program approval form from International Programs Office. (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 two weeks before the deadline. Give the WWC study abroad recommendation form (part of the WWC semester abroad application packet) to complete and return to Naomi Otterness.
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).
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.
Look into visa requirements for the country to which you’ll be traveling.
Check with your current health insurance provider regarding overseas coverage and limitations.
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.