Steps for your Son/Daughter
The Application ProcessStudents apply for study abroad approximately 9 months before their program date. Program eligibility and application requirements vary; specifics are listed on each program page. After acceptance, they are given a timeline to turn in acceptance materials for our office and for our partners abroad.
Pre-Departure OrientationThe study abroad coordinators send initial information via e-mail and new items are released to student's application accounts during the summer or in January, depending on the program. At the beginning of the semester prior to departure, we hold a required day-long orientation for all students going the next term. Students will also receive weekly emails from a Peer Advisor, a returned student from the program, on cultural topics. Those emails will also have reminders about scholarship deadlines, billing due dates, and how/when to apply for a student visa, if necessary.
During orientation, we encourage students to make a Parent Folder for you prior to departure.
Communication While AbroadIf students are abroad for a semester program, they will receive Blugolds Abroad, an e-newsletter that is sent to their UWEC email. In those newsletters, they will receive cultural information and reminders. They are welcome to contact their program coordinator via e-mail at any time. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete program evaluations prior to coming home.
Once students are back home, the Center for International Education still works with them. We have multiple opportunities for students to be involved and they are notified of these opportunities via e-mail.