How to Apply for a Program

Even if you have some ideas about where, when and what you would like to study abroad, we strongly encourage you to meet with the peer advisors in the Study Abroad Office for an overview of study abroad options and some initial considerations. Peer advisors have all studied abroad for at least one semester and are a great resource for questions about what it’s like to study abroad.  

  • Attend the program’s information session or meet one on one with the program’s study abroad manager if you are unable to attend a scheduled information session.  
  • After attending an information session, the study abroad program manager will grant you access to the program application.  
  • Review application deadlines carefully for the program you are applying for, as dates may vary between programs.  
  • Attend a First Step Session. While our office is closed to the public, you can watch a First Step Session online 
  • Complete an Advising ProfileThe Advising Questionnaire asks about your interests, as well as topics you wish to discuss, to help make the most of your meeting with an advisor. 
  • Meet with an AdvisorMeeting with an advisor is required in order to apply to a summer, semester, or academic year-long Other Approved ProgramWe are currently offering Zoom advising appointments for students interested in semester, summer, or academic year programs. Schedule an appointment by visiting the Student Resources section of our OneSt.Thomas site. 
  • Apply for your program of choice. There will be two applications – one through the study abroad partner provider, and one through the St. Thomas Office of Study Abroad. Keep in mind that the partner provider may have application deadlines that vary slightly from the St. Thomas program application, so be sure to keep both deadlines in mind. The St. Thomas application deadlines are as follows:  
    • Fall, academic year, and summer programs: March 15 
    • Spring programs: October 1 
  • If desired, meet with a Study Abroad Advisor or reach out to the St. Thomas faculty member who is teaching/leading the program to learn more.  
  • Apply for the program on the Office of Study Abroad website by the program application deadline.  
  • Students applying to a St. Thomas or UMAIE J-Term program do not need to attend or First Step Session or an advising meeting. All program information and the application are accessible online.  
  • Select the ‘Search all Programs’ button to find the program in which you would like to participate and begin an application.  
  • Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed for eligibility requirements by the Office of Study Abroad and then forwarded to the Program Director(s) for review.  
  • The Office of Study Abroad will send notification of the official application decision once made by the Program Director(s). 
  • Watch the J-Term Advising Session: learn about the application process, credit transfer, logistics and eligibility. Applications open April 15th.  
  • Select a program and notify advisor of program selection (if you did not do so during advising session). An online St. Thomas Study Abroad application will be created for you.  
  • Complete St. Thomas Study Abroad application.  
  • Complete Other Approved Program application via approved organization website.  
  • Final application deadline: October 1, or the approved program organization deadline, whichever is earlier.  
  • Students must be approved to study abroad by both St. Thomas and the approved organization.  
  • The priority application period does not apply to Other Approved J-Term Programs, and students are not required to submit a deposit to St. Thomas on application. Deposits are paid directly to the organization.  
  • Attendance at a J-Term Group Advising Session is required in order to apply. While the Office of Study Abroad is closed to the public, you can click here to watch an online J-Term Group Advising session.