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Students who wish to study abroad should speak with their academic advisors or the Academic Advising Center as early as possible to make sure they will be able to graduate on time should they choose to study abroad. Most students heed the advice to save their free electives for their time abroad, though many times coursework can be applied towards major or minor requirements. Some students are limited to a specific semester and location due to their program requirements and/or financial reasons. We encourage students to attend information sessions held at the beginning of every semester and to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor to determine which program may work best for their particular situation.

Application process

Once a student has decided on a study abroad program, they must apply according to the program's guidelines. After being accepted into a program, students must schedule a post-acceptance paperwork appointment with a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs and Extended Studies. In this appointment, students will receive all paperwork that is required by Ithaca College; this paperwork pertains to financial aid, billing details, credit transfer, etc. (Note: London Center Students do not need to attend a post-acceptance paperwork appointment.) Students are also required to attend one or two IC study abroad orientation sessions, held at the end of each semester before they depart.

Orientation sessions

Orientation sessions are held at Ithaca College to ensure students are aware of important details regarding their time abroad, such as general safety and security information, financial aid and billing, as well as how to manage their money, packing suggestions, issues regarding culture shock, and sustainable travel. Students will always receive additional orientation information specific to their destination by the program provider or by Ithaca College if students will be studying at the London Center or on an IC short-term program.

Billing and payment procedures

Billing and payment procedures for tuition, room, and board vary depending on the type of program a student participates in, i.e. affiliated or non-affiliated. Please contact the Office of International Program to discuss details specific to the study abroad program.

Housing arrangements

All housing options are carefully selected by each individual program provider keeping in mind security concerns, convenience, cost, services offered, and its contribution to an intercultural experience. As you can imagine, housing arrangements can vary widely. Students may live in local residence halls; flats or apartments; with other U.S. undergraduate students; or with students from the host country. They may also live with local families in homestays which will offer students a unique perspective on the country's culture.

Passports and Visas

Students who do not yet have passports should apply for them as early as possible (learn how to apply for a passport). In many cases, students will also need to apply for a visa. The visa application process varies widely by country and can be quite an ordeal involving possible fingerprinting and eye scanning and sending passports to embassies/consulates. In some cases, students must visit an embassy or consulates in person and also pay a visa application fee. The process can take anywhere from a week to several weeks and it is the responsibility of the student to submit all necessary paperwork on time.