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Getting Started

Getting Started to Study, Intern, or Volunteer Abroad!

1) Plan ahead as early as possible. As a general rule, you should start researching programs and gathering information 6 to 9 months before you plan to go abroad.

2) Apply for or renew your passport if necessary. For U.S. citizens, visit the SDSU Passport office webpage for more information; call (619) 594-3800 or email with any questions.

3) Attend an in-person information session in the International Student Center Lounge any Tuesday at 2:00 pm, Wednesday at 12 noon, or Thursday at 4:00 pm. In-person information sessions are presented by peer advisors who have personal study abroad experience and provide a good opportunity to ask questions and network. The general information session is about a 45 minute presentation providing you the basic facts and process in studying abroad. Alternatively, students may review the online study abroad general information session

4) Research possible programs here in the Aztecs Abroad database. Click Programs link in upper-left menu. Click Advanced Search for more search parameters such as field of study and program type.

5) Consult the Financing and Scholarships sections for more information on how to fund your study abroad experience. Apply for scholarships early! Be sure to estimate costs and budget for your time abroad.

6) Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor; call the Study Abroad office (619) 594-2475 to schedule an appointment. See map for location of International Student Center

**You can see a more extensive list on the Getting Started webpage.**