Get Started with Study Abroad

Get Started with study abroad

Interested in studying abroad but not sure where to start? We offer a wide selection of programs ranging from two weeks to an academic year abroad. Many programs offer a cost of attendance comparable to studying on campus at UNI. Approximately 80% of our programs offer courses in English.  

Finding a Program That is Right For You

Top Study Abroad Destinations

  • We offer a variety of program types to fit students needs. It is important to think about what type of dynamic and experience you want with your study abroad program
  • Think about what you want out of a program (consider destination, cost, course offerings, etc.) and explore the programs under our "locations" tab
  • View the guide for top universities by studies here if you want to learn what semester, academic year, or summer school program works well with your major or minor studies. 
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss how study abroad will fit into your academic plan. We recommend considering going abroad earlier in your academic career to help you stay on track for graduation. Any major can study abroad and take a combination of major, minor, liberal arts core courses, or elective courses 
  • Stop by our office to talk with our Peer Advisors about study abroad. They can explain the basic steps with study abroad and answer questions based on their past experience. Interested in a particular location? Our Peer Advisors have been on a variety of programs and perhaps even the one you are interested in doing 
  • Schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor 
  • Complete the Pre-Advising Worksheet before your first appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor (this will be sent via email once an appointment is scheduled)

Benefits of Studying abroad

Types of Programs

Semester and Academic Year:

  • Live and learn at a university abroad during the fall and/or spring semester
  • Study with classmates from the US and around the world (local and other international)
  • Grow personally and integrate with local community

Summer School:

  • Study and explore with a university abroad for 1 to 3 months
  • Gain unique learning experiences by participating in specialized courses
  • Enjoy group excursions arranged by the university abroad

Faculty-led:

  • Learn course content from UNI Faculty/Staff through hands on, dynamic experiences
  • Travel for 2 to 4 weeks (winter break and summer)
  • Participate in enriching group activities with a class of 10-25 UNI students

Internship, Research, and Work Abroad:

  • Gain professional internship/work experience in your chosen field of study while earning academic credit
  • Work with Study Abroad Center staff to define goals and identify your opportunities abroad
  • Opportunities available year-round

Steps to Get Started

  • Begin your online application at anytime
  • For Faculty-led programs, attend “Abroad 101” to help guide you through the study abroad application process. Faculty-led participants do NOT need to meet with an advisor and instead will attend the "Abroad 101"
  • For semester, academic year, summer school, and internship, research, & work abroad programs, meet with your study abroad advisor in Gilchrist 28. 
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Meet with Financial Aid

Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance, a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.

Deadlines for Study Abroad Applications

Summer Schools, Fall, and Academic Year: March 1

Spring: October 1

Winter Break Faculty-led: September 14

Summer Faculty-led: December 14

Application Process

Once you choose a program go to that program's brochure online and click "apply now"!

Starting your Application 

Application Stages

How to create a Study Abroad app

how to log back into your study abroad app

Stages of the online applicationStages of the application part 2