Before Applying


Think carefully about program choice. You should think about location(s), theme, your academic and personal goals, and what kind of study abroad program is best for you. As you consider these factors, be sure to stay on track with the other steps listed here.

Talk with your university study abroad office. Part of the application process is obtaining an approval of participation form, signed by your study abroad office. It is important to talk with your school early and often about your program choice, in order that you fully understand your school’s policies related to credit transfer, billing,  financial aid, and applications; many schools have their own application process, in addition to SIT’s.

Talk with your family and friends. Your family and friends know you best and may be able to help you sort out priorities. It’s also important to make sure your family understands your program, the location you’ve chosen, and the process that you’ll go through to apply. You will need their support, and they will want to know about this exciting opportunity.

Think practically. We all have needs and requirements: Have you considered how your needs might be met by a particular program? View our student services pages for more information, or talk to one of our SIT Study Abroad admissions counselors.

Think academically. What are your goals for study abroad and how might your program location and theme help achieve these goals? Be prepared to articulate your reasoning for your program choice and the SIT program model on your application. You should also read more about the Independent Study Project (ISP).

Think financially. Study abroad is an important commitment, and financing the experience may not be as difficult as you think. Advance planning will help tremendously. SIT offers scholarships, and many schools have special billing agreements with SIT Study Abroad. Check with your home institution’s study abroad office for more information.

Understand the application process before applying.

Speak with and learn from an alumni contact.

Check program fill status. Because of rolling admissions, programs can fill well before the deadline. Check to see how quickly your program is filling before you submit your application.

Check program prerequisites. Make sure you fit the program qualifications and be sure to provide any additional information that the admissions committee might need to understand your background.

Apply for a passport.