Congratulations on being accepted to your program! There are a few more steps you will need to complete before you are officially ready to go abroad or on exchange.
1. Complete the following Boise State Study Abroad forms:
- Terms and Agreement For Participation in Off-Campus Study Program
This form explains your obligations and responsibilities during your study abroad experience, as well as the obligations of the university.
- Confidential Health History Questionnaire
This form is a self-disclosure of your health history, including allergies, vaccinations, and past health issues. It is kept on file in case of emergency for the duration of your program.
- Course Approval Form
This form articulates the way that the courses you take abroad will be posted on your Boise State transcript. Each course equivalency must be approved by the appropriate department chair. Please review the Academic information page for more information.
You can pick up these forms, along with your study abroad student handbook, in our office. The deadlines to complete and return these forms are November 1st for Spring programs, April 5th for Summer programs and May 1st for Fall and yearlong programs. Please remember that we must have all three of these forms before your financial aid budget can be adjusted.
2. Complete the forms specific to your program.
If you are participating in a direct exchange, you will need to obtain the host university application from the Study Abroad Advisor and complete these forms by the specified deadline. If you are participating in a USAC program, you will need to complete the forms in your USAC Student Gateway. If you are participating in another study abroad program, you will need to complete the set of forms you will receive from your specific program provider.
3. Apply for a passport if you don’t already have one.
You should make an appointment with ILO to apply for one as soon as possible. It takes 4-6 weeks from the day of your appointment to receive your passport. Keep in mind that you will need to know your passport number when you purchase your airline ticket. If you have a passport already, make sure to check the expiration date to ensure that it is valid throughout your program dates.
4. Find out if you need a visa to enter the country in which you plan to study.
If you’re not sure, check with the Study Abroad Advisor. If you do need a visa, find out if you can submit your application by mail, or if you need to visit the consulate in person. ILO can help you with the process of obtaining a visa, so please don’t hesitate to ask.