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First Steps

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Finding the right program is important. We’re here to guide you. Consider the following for yourself:

Step #1: Analyze Your Goals

  • What are your academic goals for study abroad?
  • In what geographic region would you like to study?
  • Who will be teaching the courses?
  • Who will be your classmates? Are they from the U.S., other international students, or students from the host country?
  • If classes are with other international students, does the program provide opportunities to interact with host country students?
  • What is the language of instruction? If classes are taught in a language other than English, do you have the appropriate level of proficiency?
  • What subjects are offered?
  • What types of housing options are available? Will you be living with other international students, host country students, or a family?
  • What types of support services are included?
  • How much does the program cost, and what does this cost include?
  • How can I pay for study abroad?
  • What is the current political situation in the country?

Step #2: Research Program Options

Visit our program finder to find approved Boise State programs.

Step #3: Attend a Study Abroad 101 Session

Call our office at 208-426-2630 to sign up for a session to get information about studying abroad and insight from a recently returned student. Check out these profiles of returned students. At the end of the session you will be given a mandatory pre-advising survey in order for us to better advise you through the rest of the process.

Step #4: Meet with Your Advisor and Our Office

Once you have attended an info session and have completed the pre-advising survey, you will need to meet with an ILO advisor. Call (208) 426-2630 to schedule an appointment. Make sure that you’ve completed the pre-advising survey you received during your study abroad 101 session before scheduling an appointment. You will not be able to meet with an advisor until that is completed. It is also important to prepare questions for the advisor about programs you are interested in so that they can assist you to their fullest ability.  

Step #5: Apply to a Program

After meeting with an advisor, you will be given approval to begin the application process. If you need assistance completing your application, please call us at (208) 426-2630 or stop by the office and speak with one of our peer advisors. Once you have been accepted, contact the office of International Learning Opportunities. You will need to complete Boise State’s required paperwork, which will maintain your full time student status and allow for the disbursement of your financial aid and posting of credits. This is required for ALL students studying abroad, regardless of program sponsor.

Step #6: Get a Passport and Visa

All students will need a passport to study abroad; apply as soon as possible.  ILO is a US Passport Acceptance Facility and you can apply in our office.

Most students studying abroad will need a student visa. You will need to apply for your visa through the embassy or consulate nearest to your home state. To obtain visa forms and contact the host country’s embassy in the US.