The Study Abroad Application
While not every school will use the same application, I am willing to bet that most applications will use pretty similar components. Based on my own experience with the application process, I’ve compiled a few helpful hints to get you thinking on the right track, as well as provide guidance in case you run into some difficulties. The study abroad application will look almost like a regular college application. Remember how much work you put into those? Put the same amount of effort into your abroad application. Unlike the college selection process, there’s no back up or safety net… you only get one shot at this so you need to do it right. More than likely, it will consist of the following: A personal statement, letters of recommendation, possible course selections, health clearance forms and a general information form. General Information Forms: This will probably be just a generic form requiring the basics like personal information, emergency contacts, degree information, etc. Nothing complicated. Just fill in the blanks. Health Clearance Forms: You’re going to need to get a complete physical, and the doctor will have to confirm that you’re fit enough to go abroad and that you’re up-to-date on all of your vaccinations. Understandably, no country wants a foreigner bringing in diseases. Your doctor will have to fill-out the forms after your physical and send them to the school study abroad office or wherever instructed, so don’t procrastinate on these! Doctors are always busy, and it could be a while before they get yours done. Possible Course Selections: This may be called either a home approval form, or course approval form. Make sure you’ve looked at your progress toward graduation. Compare classes from your host school’s course catalogue with those classes you’ll need to complete your major/ minor and fulfill general requirements, and also identify classes that just generally seem interesting. Letters of Recommendation:...
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