Once you have been approved to study abroad you will need to follow the steps below.

1. Apply to your Program

Complete the application process required by the program partner organization (i.e.: AIFS, API, Arcadia, TEAN, etc.) or host institution according to the specific deadlines. Do not delay because some programs and locations are very popular and may fill early. Students are responsible for the application fee required by the partner organization or host institution.

2. Course Approval Form

Finalize your course selection for the semester you will be away. It is important to remember that your Course Approval Form (PDF/505.1KB) will be accessible to you while abroad. You should use this copy to complete your registration with your education abroad provider organization or college/university. If you are unable to complete a registration reflecting these courses, please contact your Department Chairperson and the Office of International Programs via e-mail for alternate course approval.

3. Complete the Enrollment Forms

Complete the Study Abroad Enrollment Forms on the Study Abroad Portal. All enrollment forms are due by prior to the mandatory pre-departure session. The following forms must be submitted and/or completed online:

  • Communication Authorization
  • Course Approval Form (PDF/505.1KB) - with signatures of your Department Chair & the Director, International Programs (non-Saint Anselm programs only)
  • Passport Details & Copy
  • Pre-Departure Orientation Acknowledgement
  • Program Sponsor Acceptance Letter (non-Saint Anselm programs only)
  • Waiver of Liability & Release Form

4. Finances, Aid, and Scholarships

The cost of each program varies depending on the length, location, and other level of support. Students participating on non-Saint Anselm semester programs must complete the Consortium Agreement for Financial Aid; semester & year abroad form (PDF/215KB); summer abroad form (PDF/215KB). Visit the Financial Planning page for more information about utilizing your financial aid while abroad. The Office of Financial Aid is the main contact for questions regarding how your financial aid will be applied to your study abroad program.

5. Travel

Book your flight. Your program provider will provide you with information on purchasing your plane ticket. In the past some students have booked their tickets through STA Travel and Student Universe, travel agencies that specialize in working with students studying and traveling overseas.

6. Talk with your Family

Continue to discuss your study abroad plans with your family: program location, costs, financial aid and scholarships, classes, and grading.

7. Housing Considerations

Inform the Office of Residence Life and Education that you will be studying abroad. Students that have resided on-campus prior to going abroad are guaranteed housing upon their return from abroad. Residential Life has set out the follow procedures for securing on-campus housing upon your return from studying abroad.

Spring Semester Abroad:
Steps for Participating in Housing Lottery when studying abroad in the spring:

  1. Be certain to pay your $300 Housing Lottery Deposit before you leave
  2. Select a classmate to be your Housing Proxy
  3. A Housing Proxy should:
  4. Be someone you trust- Know your choices for housing in the fall
  5. Be available to attend Lottery events in your place
  6. Know the best way to get in touch with you once they have selected your housing
  7. Fill out a Housing Proxy Form and hand it in to the Office of Residential Life and Education

Fall Semester Abroad:
Steps for Returning to Housing after studying abroad in the fall:

  1. Contact the Office of Residential Life with your preferences for housing in November.
  2. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your room request when your return in the spring semester.

8. Pre-Departure Orientation

Students must attend a general pre-departure orientation that will cover all the general information you need to know in order to study abroad through Saint Anselm College (i.e. costs, academics, responsibilities, health and safety, and culture shock). You will also receive more program-specific pre-departure information from the study abroad provider organization you have chosen to go abroad with.

9. Research your Destination

Learn as much as you can about your host country (language, history and culture, current social and political state of affairs). You can take a class; read books, magazines, and newspapers; talk to people from your host country or who have traveled/studied there before; etc.