What To Do Before You Go

First Thing's First

The first step towards your adventure abroad can be found in your Athena online account. Now that you have been accepted, it’s time to complete your registration overseas. And to do so, we need some more information from you; think commitment to the program, course selection, housing registration, etc.

So, don’t delay! Be sure to check your online account and complete the necessary post-acceptance requirements as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks after the official program deadline. Many of our programs enroll students on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit your course registration and other post-acceptance requirements, the better chance you have of being placed in your first choice courses!

Pre-departure Checklist

This checklist is intended as a starting point to get you thinking of your next steps and all the items to consider prior to the start of your study abroad program.  It’s not all-inclusive, but we hope it will spur some questions that we are always eager to assist with!

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Final Thoughts Before You Go


We know there is a lot of prep work that goes into studying abroad, but trust us, it’s 100% worth it! All of this planning and prep work ahead of time will allow you to relax and fully experience your time overseas.

Some last thoughts before you head out…

  • Remember that you are there to STUDY. While preparing and creating expectations for your time overseas, it’s easy to get distracted by the weekend trips and fun things to do around your city, but your GPA still matters even while you’re in a different country. So be sure to keep this in mind while you’re day-dreaming about your time abroad. You’re more than a tourist. You have a purpose to be there. You’re a student living abroad.


  • You are representing the United States while abroad. There are many stereotypes about US citizens; some false, some exaggerated, some true. While traveling abroad you may be one of the only US citizens some people ever meet, and you have an incredible opportunity to affirm or contradict these stereotypes. Please keep this in mind as you interact with those you meet.


  • Things are Different Abroad….And That’s Okay. Things such as Wi-Fi speed, housing, dining out, language, and cultural customs are likely going to be different than what you are used to. We encourage you to see this as a learning opportunity and exercise patience. Just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s necessarily wrong. Embrace the differences; you may be surprised at the new and fun things you will discover when you try.


  • Keep an Open Mind. Traveling is a beautiful opportunity to meet others from all over the world. Many of which will have different viewpoints than you. To get the most out of your study abroad experience, it is crucial to keep an open mind and to do what you can to learn from those around you. This is where the true value of study abroad lies.


  • Make the Most of Every Moment. Your time abroad will go faster than you think. Make sure you have everything in order before you go so that you can fully immerse yourself in your study abroad experience. Don’t be afraid to try new things or get lost…You may just find yourself.

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