by Daniel Manders, International Studies
One of the best choices that a student can make is to decide to study abroad. It provides an opportunity to see a new place and culture and provide a new adventure for any student. There are some steps to take before one study abroad, but it will be worth it in the long run.
If you think you want to study abroad, make an appointment with your academic advisor and discuss the idea. Your advisor will then be able to refer you to another advisor that specializes in getting students in foreign locales. From there you can discuss what kind of program you want, what to do once you return to the U.S., and any applications you need to file, as well as their deadlines. Deadlines for Summer and Fall programs is April 1 and Spring Programs are due October 1.
A very important step is to apply for a passport. You must do this as quickly as possible since it can take several months before your passport arrives. The processing fee for it is $100, but your passport will be able to last a few years before needing renewal. To start obtaining a passport you will need:
Proof of identity and citizenship paperwork
Examples of this can be found here
The passport application
This can be found in any courthouse in any town. In Laramie, the County Clerk’s Office on the third floor will have them. The state department also has an application guide located here
Two passport photos
You can get these just about anywhere that takes photos, just say what kind of photo you need. Two places that may be the most convenient for you in Laramie are Kinko’s and the Campus ID Office.
Before going abroad you will also have to take the class INST 2200 Study Abroad Preparation. This class will teach what you need to know when abroad, such as travel info, culture of your target country, safety guides, and travel documents.
Most of the information found here can be located at the UW Study Abroad page, which will also provide a list of locations that you can travel to, more specific information about studying abroad, and contact information.