The Essential Guide to Studying Abroad

The Essential Guide to Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity for any college student, and you should sign up if you get the chance! If you are unsure of how or where to start, don’t worry, we have outlined the process just for you!

First things first, why study abroad? There are a variety of reasons to study abroad. From interacting with a new culture to growing in independence. Think of this as an opportunity to advance your career. If you’re worried future employers will see studying abroad as a vacation rather than a learning experience, think again! Often, employers seek out students who studied abroad. Your experiences will make you stand out from other applicants and studying abroad will do the trick! This can be useful if you’re interested in a career which requires traveling or for students who value experiences. This opportunity tends to give students who study abroad a more engaged outlook on current issues and are more likely to exhibit string leaderships skills.

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Here at Cal Poly Pomona, the study abroad office understands how tedious the application process can be, and the staff is available to walk you through the steps of choosing which program is best for you! First, you will attend an information meeting, Study Abroad 101, where you will be introduced to the types of programs Cal Poly Pomona has to offer, costs, financial aid, course approvals, and more! Study Abroad 101 meetings are available remotely every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To view more information about the workshops, click here! Once you know the basics, schedule an appointment via CPP Connect to discuss with your advisor.

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Types of Programs

Offering more 100 study abroad programs, Cal Poly Pomona’s programs are academically focused to support credits towards our degree. The four main programs consists of:

To view more programs and requirements click here!

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Course approval and transcripts 

You’re halfway there! Next is the course pre-approval process. Here, you will need to complete the Academic Planning Form, where you will find out which courses will be linked to your degree requirements completed abroad. As well as identifying and listing potential courses of study at the host institution. To learn more about instructions for filling out the form, click here!

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If there are any course, you’re interested but not listed on the university website, you need to receive approval from your advisors. Keep in mind the deadline to submit your application and actions to take after that, such as meeting with the department chair for the CPP program, so plan ahead! Visit here to view the application deadlines!


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Did you know that studying abroad can be affordable? Well, CPP Study Abroad is committed to making these courses assessable for you! When learning to study abroad, it’s important to do your research on the programs you’re interested to ensure its suitable to you. The cost of the program of your choosing varies depending on location, length, timing, credits, and accommodations. To learn more about these costs visit here!

If you want to receive financial aid, loans, or scholarships, you can apply for grants and loans. Advisors recommend planning one year in advance to not only track your expenses on campus, but also understand international living costs to budget accurately.

Passports and Visas 

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Congratulations, you have been accepted to study abroad! You’re one step closer to making your dream a reality! Once you receive your acceptance, you should apply, or a make sure you have your passport ready to go or submit your application if you don’t have one. Keep in mind, passports can take up to six to eight weeks to arrive and if you already have a passport, it’s important to confirm that your passport will be valid six months after your return.

Once you have received your passport, the next step is to apply for a visa, which is a residency permit that allows you to remain in the designated country. Most likely, the visa will be in the form of a stamp on your passport rather than a document. Try to begin the application early due to needing your passport first making the process take as long as three to four months. To learn more about the process and how to apply for a passport and visa click here!

We hope this guide has made applying to go study abroad less intimidating! Which program and location are you most interested in?  Let us know via our socials @asicpp on Facebook , Twitter, or Instagram!