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Stay on Track with your Learning Abroad Application Process


1. Learn the Basics & Take the Program Matching Quiz

10-12 Months Out

  • Attend a Learning Abroad 101 workshop before they can be advised. Dates and times on the Learning Abroad 101 page.
  • Create a traveler profile & take the program matching quiz on our online travel software ViaTRM.

2. Explore Programs & Scholarships

8-10 Months Out

  • Consider your degree plan, courses needed to graduate, budget, and timing to identify 1-3 programs that would be a good fit for you. Search our programs to start exploring!
  • Explore ways to fund your experience abroad, including scholarships and using your current financial aid.

3. Advising with Learning Abroad

6-8 Months Out

  • Schedule an advising meeting with a Learning Abroad advisor on Navigate. You will find us under "Support Services." Select your major to be assigned to the appropriate advisor.
  • Talk with a Global Guide for support or stop by for walk-in advising for more support.

4. Submit Course Equivalency Forms for Credit Abroad

4-6 Months out

  • At this point, you should have identified 1 program you wish to apply for. Do not apply for your program yet.
  • Follow the Course Equivalency Form process to earn UH in-residence credit. All approved forms should be submitted to Learning Abroad.
  • Review student eligibility and additional academic information on our Policies & Guidelines page.

5. Get Your Passport

4-6 Months Out

  • Apply now to get or renew your Waiting times may be long, so get started early.
  • Visit the Passport for Coogs page to review application requirements and call to schedule an in-person application appointment.

6. Apply with UH & Your Program

4-6 Months Out

  • Faculty-Led programs: Apply with the faculty leader directly.
  • REEP & Affiliated Programs: Apply with UH on ViaTRM & the program provider/university abroad.
  • Deadlines for Academic Year 2021-2022*:
    • Winter: October 15, 2021
    • Spring: October 15, 2021
    • Summer: April 1, 2022
    • Fall: April 1, 2022
      *Deadlines vary by program type.

7. Prepare to Go Abroad

2-4 Months out

  • Complete required ViaTRM forms and upload a copy of your international insurance
  • Attend mandatory pre-departure orientation
  • Review additional student resources to support your personal identity, country information, and program abroad.

8. Re-entry

  • Review our Career & Resume Handout to see how you can use your experience abroad for your future job search or graduate studies.
  • Share your photos using the #CoogsAbroad on social media
  • Apply to be a Global Guide or volunteer with our office to inspire others to go abroad!

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How do I pay for it? » Scholarships & Funding

Student Experiences

Megan and Jordan went abroad to Costa Rica after becoming friends at UH while on O-team. They both completed a Medical Spanish and Health Sciences program in San Jose with CEA Study Abroad. They each took courses relevant to their majors (in English) as well as a Medical Spanish language course to develop effective communication skills with patients in their future health careers.

—Megan (biology major) & Jordan (psychology major), Spring 2019