Steps to Education Abroad

Congratulations on starting your study abroad journey!

Applying for Education Abroad is not difficult, but it does take time and careful planning. It is important that you follow all steps carefully and in order, and that you start planning with plenty of time to complete the process.

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If you have completed steps 1-6 and are ready to apply, click the link below.

Horizons application

Semester/Year-Long Programs

Fall 2018 Deadlines

*Spring 2019 application will open in August 2018*

Pre-Acceptance Phase

Step 1: Research your options – 1 year in advance

  1. Research options from the list below and pick your top 3 countries/programs.
    1. Semester/year programs
    2. CSU International Programs (CSU system exchanges – year-long only)
    3. National Student Exchange (U.S., Canada, and U.S. territories)
    4. Affiliate Organization programs
  2. Look up possible courses, application requirements, and application deadlines.
  3. Research your scholarship options.

Step 2: Attend Education Abroad 101 – 1 year in advance

  1. Education Abroad 101 sessions are held Mondays 12-1PM in Gavilan Hall (Building 201) Annex.

Step 3: Research potential courses – 1 year in advance

  1. Research courses at host university/program that could potentially fulfill your GE, GE electives, major, major electives, minor, and/or minor elective requirements.
  2. Make sure that host university/program offers enough courses for you to take at least 12 CSUMB credits per semester during your time abroad.

Step 4: Talk to your Academic Advisor – 8 months in advance

  1. Talk to your Academic Advisor about your top 3 university/program options, academic requirements that could be completed abroad, your graduation plan, etc.

Step 5: Complete Pre-Advising Form – 7 months in advance

  1. Please attend an Education Abroad 101 before completing this form.

Step 6: Talk to your Education Abroad Coordinator – 7 months in advance

  1. Attend any of the walk-in advising hours with the Education Abroad Coordinator (MWF, 10:30am-12:00pm or TTh, 2:00pm-4:00pm).
  2. You may also set up an appointment by emailing educationabroad@csumb.edu.
    1. Location: Gavilan Hall (Bldg 201) Suite 207 (2nd floor), Corner of 6th Ave & Inter-Garrison Rd.
  3. Talk to your Education Abroad coordinator about any concerns, health or disabilities, that may require support while abroad.

Step 7: Complete pre-acceptance phase – 6 months in advance

  1. Meet with Academic Advisor and get your Academic Approval Form signed.
  2. Make sure your financial aid is in order, apply for scholarships, and budget for your semester abroad.
  3. Research flight options (don't buy until you are fully admitted to the program).
  4. Apply or renew your passport (must be valid at least 6 months past your return to the U.S.).
  5. Complete and submit Education Abroad pre-acceptance application through the Horizons application system.
Apply now!

Post-Acceptance Phase

Step 8: Apply to host university/program – 4-6 months in advance

  1. Complete and submit application to exchange partner university or CSUMB affiliate program.
    1. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it can be processed and then you will receive the necessary documents for your visa application (if applicable), housing, etc.

Step 9: Complete post-acceptance phase – 4-6 months in advance

  1. Upload CSUMB Health Clearance Form to Education Abroad post-acceptance application.
  2. Upload flight information to Education Abroad post-acceptance application.
  3. Confirm participation in Education Abroad program.

Step 10: Attend pre-departure orientation

  1. Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation.
    1. Summer/Fall orientations are typically held in April.
    2. Winter/Spring orientations are typically held in December.

Short-Term Programs

Pre-Acceptance Phase

Step 1: Research your options – 6 months in advance

  1. Research your options and pick your top 3 countries/programs.
  2. Look up possible courses, application requirements, and application deadlines.
  3. Research your scholarship options.

Step 2: Attend Education Abroad 101 – 6 months in advance

  1. Education Abroad 101 sessions are held Mondays 12-1PM in Gavilan Hall (Building 201) Annex.

Step 3: Research potential courses – 6 months in advance

  1. Research courses at host university/program that could potentially fulfill your GE, GE electives, major, major electives, minor, and/or minor elective requirements.

Note that there is no minimum number of credits to attend a short-term program; nevertheless, if you are planning to use financial aid, you need to take a minimum of the equivalent of 6 U.S. credits.

Step 4: Talk to your Academic Advisor – 4 months in advance

  1. Talk to your Academic Advisor about your top 3 university/program options, academic requirements that could be completed abroad, your graduation plan, etc.

If you are taking a class for personal enrichment (not for credit), you will still need an Academic Approval form signed by your advisor.

Step 5: Complete Pre-Advising Form – 4 months in advance

  1. Please attend an Education Abroad 101 before completing this form.

Step 6: Talk to your Education Abroad Coordinator – 4 months in advance

  1. Attend any of the walk-in advising hours with the Education Abroad Coordinator (MWF, 10:30am-12:00pm or TTh, 2:00pm-4:00pm).
  2. You may also set up an appointment by emailing educationabroad@csumb.edu.
  3. Talk to your Education Abroad coordinator about any concerns, health or disabilities, that may require support while abroad.

Step 7: Complete pre-acceptance phase – 3 months in advance

  1. Make sure your financial aid is in order, apply for scholarships, and budget for your time abroad.
  2. Research flight options (don't buy until you are fully admitted to the program).
  3. Apply or renew your passport (must be valid at least 6 months past your return to the U.S.).
  4. Complete and submit Education Abroad pre-acceptance application through the Horizons application system.
Apply now!

Post-Acceptance Phase

Step 8: Apply to host university/program – 2-3 months in advance

  1. Complete and submit application to exchange partner university or CSUMB affiliate program.
    1. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it can be processed and then you will receive the necessary documents for your visa application (if applicable), housing, etc.

Step 9: Complete post-acceptance phase – 2 months in advance

  1. Upload CSUMB Health Clearance Form to Education Abroad post-acceptance application.
  2. Upload flight information to Education Abroad post-acceptance application.
  3. Confirm participation in Education Abroad program.

Step 10: Attend pre-departure orientation

  1. Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation.
    1. Summer/Fall orientations are typically held in April.
    2. Winter/Spring orientations are typically held in December.

Non-CSUMB Students

Pre-Acceptance Phase

Step 1: Research your options – 6 months in advance

  1. Research options from the list below and pick your top 3 countries/programs.
    1. Semester/year programs
    2. CSU International Programs (CSU system exchanges – year-long only)
    3. National Student Exchange (U.S., Canada, and U.S. territories)
    4. Affiliate Programs
    5. Short-term programs
  2. Look up possible courses, application requirements, and application deadlines.
  3. Research your scholarship options.

Step 2: Attend Education Abroad 101 – 6 months in advance

  1. Education Abroad 101 sessions are held Mondays 12-1PM in Gavilan Hall (Building 201) Annex.

Step 3: Research potential courses – 6 months in advance

  1. Research courses at host university/program that could potentially fulfill your GE, GE electives, major, major electives, minor, and/or minor elective requirements.

Note there is no minimum number of credits to attend a short-term program; nevertheless, if you are planning to use financial aid, you need to take a minimum of 6 US credits (Please check with your campus Financial Aid Officer to see if this option is available through your institution. CSUMB cannot offer financial aid to non-CSUMB students).

Step 4: Talk to your Academic Advisor – 4 months in advance

  1. Talk to your Academic Advisor about your top 3 university/program options, academic requirements that could be completed abroad, your graduation plan, etc.

Step 5: Complete Pre-Advising Form – 4 months in advance

  1. This form will be sent to you after you attend an Education Abroad 101 session.

Step 6: Talk to your Education Abroad Coordinator – 4 months in advance

  1. Attend any of the walk-in advising hours with the Education Abroad Coordinator (MWF, 10:30am-12:00pm or TTh, 2:00pm-4:00pm).
  2. You may also set up an appointment by emailing educationabroad@csumb.edu.
  3. Talk to CSUMB's Education Abroad Coordinator and discuss any concerns, health or disabilities, that may require support while abroad.

Step 7: Complete pre-acceptance phase – 3 months in advance

  1. Make sure your financial aid is in order, apply for scholarships, and budget for your time abroad.
  2. Research flight options (don't buy until you are fully admitted to the program).
  3. Apply or renew your passport (must be valid at least 6 months past your return to the U.S.).
  4. Complete and submit Education Abroad pre-acceptance application through the Horizons application system.
Apply now!

Post-Acceptance Phase

Step 8: Apply to host university/program – 2-3 months in advance

  1. Complete and submit application to exchange partner university or CSUMB affiliate program.
    1. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it can be processed and then you will receive the necessary documents for your visa application (if applicable), housing, etc.

Step 9: Complete post-acceptance phase – 2 months in advance

  1. Upload CSUMB Health Clearance Form to Education Abroad post-acceptance application.
  2. Upload flight information to Education Abroad post-acceptance application.
  3. Confirm participation in Education Abroad program.

Step 10: Attend pre-departure orientation

  1. Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation.
    1. Summer/Fall orientations are typically held in April.
    2. Winter/Spring orientations are typically held in December.

Questions?

Julio Castro, Education Abroad Coordinator

Julio Castro, Education Abroad Coordinator