Getting Started

While planning for study abroad is exciting, it can also seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be - just follow our Summer and Fall Study Abroad Checklist or Spring Study Abroad Checklist and start with these steps:

  1. Attend a mandatory Study Abroad Information Session, offered every Friday at 2:15 PM sharp. Check the Events/Calendar on the CIEGE homepage because locations vary. Call if you have a class or work conflict.
  2. Research study abroad opportunities. Review UNH study abroad programs, attend a Study Abroad Fair, meet a Global Ambassador, and call the providers for information and advice. If you are interested in a program not listed on our program search, you must petition for a one-time approval.
  3. Talk to your Academic Advisor to discuss any requirements that you will need to fulfill while abroad. If you need Major/Minor or Discovery courses, make sure to look for appropriate equivalencies abroad.
  4. Set up an appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your plans (note: if you are going on a UNH Managed program, meet with the coordinator of that program instead!).
  5. Carefully review costs including financing & budgeting and scholarships. Attend Show Me the Money Workshop.
  6. Discuss your plans with your parents, refer to the CIEGE Parents Page.
  7. Apply for your passport. If you already have one, it must be valid for 6 months after you return.  
  8. Submit a Study Away Student Eligibility Form to your Dean's office the semester before you plan to go abroad (if you want to study abroad in the Spring, you must submit your eligibility form in the Fall, not the Summer!)
  9. Reconnect with your academic and study abroad advisors if you have questions about fulfilling major or minor requirements and/or if you need forms signed.
  10. Choose and apply to a study abroad program before:
    1. September 25 (Spring)
    2. February 25 (Summer and Fall)
  11. Notify your study abroad advisor as soon as you have applied.
  12. Once you have gone through these steps, you will move on to the next steps: Applied-Accepted