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Steps for Studying Abroad

You are 5 steps away from taking your education abroad!


Step 1

Explore your options

The Education Abroad Office offers several ways for you to learn more about the various options to take your education abroad:

  • UWYO Abroad Fair: Every semester the Education Abroad Office holds a fair where you can explore your options and learn more about study abroad from various exchange, program provider, and faculty-directed representatives! This fall’s fair will take place on September 18th from 11 am – 1 pm in the Family Room of the Wyoming Union. We’ll have pizza, prizes, a photo booth, and lots of information about programs, passports, and financial aid!
  • Education Abroad 101: Our UWYO Abroad Ambassadors (students who have already studied abroad) hold weekly information sessions about education abroad and how to begin the process. These occur weekly (alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays) usually in the Cheney International Center, room 129. Occasionally, you can find us bringing this presentation across campus so check out either our Facebook calendar of events or the University of Wyoming calendar of events for more information.
  • Walk-in Advising Hours: Stop by during one of the following times to meet with an Education Abroad advisor to learn more about program options:
    • Mondays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (To be determined)
    • Tuesdays: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Sara Robinson)
    • Wednesdays: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Shelley Jewell)
    • Thursdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Kaitlyn Emerson)
    • Fridays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Peer Advising)
  • Peer advising: Interested in sitting down and speaking with one of our UWYO Abroad Ambassadors* about their experience? Want to learn from them how to begin the Education Abroad process? Email to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with one of them. *You can become a UWYO Abroad Ambassador when you return from studying abroad too. Learn more about our ambassador program and ways to get involved by emailing!
  • Schedule an appointment with Kaitlyn: If you would like an advisor to guide you through this exploration process, schedule an appointment with Kaitlyn Emerson, one of our Education Abroad advisors!

You can also check out our programs here and search by location, program, school, area of study, etc. Check out our new Program Discovery feature to get a snapshot of various programs and save your favorites!




Step 2


Watch our virtual information session here to learn more about our programs before scheduling to meet with an advisor.

Once you have an idea of how you want to take your education abroad you will begin the application process. On the “program search” page find one of the programs that most interests you (this does not commit you to that specific program). On that program’s page, click “apply now” to watch our virtual information session if you haven’t already done so, take a short quiz on those videos, and let us know a little more about yourself.

Term You Would Like to Go Abroad

UW Application Deadline*

J-Term 2020

October 15th, 2019

Spring 2020

October 15th, 2019

Summer 2020

February 15th, 2020

Fall 2020

March 15th, 2020

*Please note that individual program deadlines may differ, please check with the faculty sponsor or your program provider for more information.



Step 3


You will schedule an appointment with one of our Education Abroad Advisors once you have completed the steps above. You will choose an advisor based on your location of interest:

Shelley Jewell:
  • All ISEP Programs
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Internships and Undergraduate Research
  • The London Semester
Sara Robinson:
  • Africa
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England (except the London Semester)
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
  • Wales

Kaitlyn Emerson

  • Asia (Including China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Kazakhstan)
  • Central or South America
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • National Student Exchange (NSE) Programs
  • Kaitlyn also advises for students interested in participating in Service-Learning Program’s

Step 4

Follow Through

Once you and your advisor have met, they will walk you through the steps to complete your program. This may include getting a passport, applying for a visa, applying for scholarships/grants, etc. Additionally, we recommend that you meet with your Academic Advisor* and the Financial Aid Office.

*Make sure to remain in contact with your Academic Advisor throughout this process to keep them updated and to ensure you are on an academic track which works for you.


Pre-Departure Orientation

Before leaving for your semester, academic year, J-term, or summer abroad you must attend our mandatory pre-departure orientation. We will send you details about pre-departure orientation the semester before you go abroad and after you have applied to and committed to a program.

Pre-departure orientation covers a range of topics from health & safety abroad to credit transfers when you come back to the University of Wyoming. You will receive an orientation packet and vital information for your time abroad. Additionally, we recommend that you do research about the country and/or region that you will live in to gain perspective about life in that location. This may include reading books, reading/listening to their news, understanding greater cultural differences before departure, and practicing/learning their language (even if you will study in an English-speaking country, you will still encounter language and communication barriers).


Step 5


Upon returning from your education abroad experience, the University of Wyoming offers many ways for students to get involved with the Education Abroad Office and share their experiences with other University of Wyoming students. For more information and updates about our spring 2020 Re-Entry, please contact

Common Re-Entry events and ways to get involved include:

Re-Entry Program

A workshop just for you! Meet other returnees that just spent the last summer, semester, or year abroad! In this workshop we will discuss the following topics:

    • Sharing your experiences with others
    • Reverse Culture Shock/Ways to combat cultural adjustment
    • Give back for Cheney & other ideas
    • Finding an international community in Laramie- (International Coffee Hour, International Student Association, Global Buddy Program, UWYO Abroad Ambassadors, LFA)
    • Do’s and Do nots for returning
    • Advice from UWYO Abroad Ambassadors
    • Want to go abroad again or Thinking of working/volunteering abroad? (or in international education)
    • Articulating your EA experience (and competencies) in a professional manner

(Re)Entry Social

Join our incoming international exchange students, UWYO Abroad Ambassadors, and other “returning” students from Spring '19, Summer '19, and the Academic Year '18-'19 education abroad programs for food, fun, and meeting new friends! Ice breakers, games, and dinner will be provided

Become a UWYO Abroad Ambassador and attend our Training/Retreat – This would be considered a Cheney Giveback

Are you interested in meeting other Study Abroad Returnees from a variety of Exchange and Faculty-Led programs around the world? Interested in sharing your stories, learning from others and promoting Education Abroad events on campus? Have you been looking for a way to stay involved in International Education? Then join the UWYO Abroad Ambassadors!

Our UWYO Abroad Ambassadors are an official arm of the Education Abroad Office, promoting EA opportunities across campus to prospective UW students, parents, and current UW students through UWYO Abroad Fairs, International Education Week events, Education Abroad 101 Sessions, UW Class Presentations, HS visits, Union Tabling, UW Discovery Days, Orientations, Admissions Resource Fairs, and so much more! Also benefit with monthly UWYO Abroad Ambassadors’ meeting to share your stories from your time abroad and a special “Marketing your EA experience professionally” workshop!

Gain skills that will help you translate your experiences abroad in a way that will make you a great candidate for jobs and graduate opportunities. For more information on the UWYO Abroad Ambassadors see letter attached or email me at 

Volunteer at/Attend the UWYO Abroad Fair - Volunteering would be considered a Cheney Giveback

Are you interested in going back abroad for a J-term, Summer, Semester, or Internship? Join us at the UWYO Abroad Fair. We will have a raffle, photo booth, and pizza as well as lots of information! Program Providers, Faculty-led representatives, exchange partners, Scholarships & Financial Aid, Passports, and more will have tables.

Join the UWYO Global Buddies Program - This would be considered a Cheney Giveback

UWYO Global Buddy program provides both international exchange students and American students an opportunity for cross cultural connection and friendship. Each grouping provides an enriching experience for a cultural exchange and the opportunity to broaden your perspective about the world.  Each Global Buddy group will last a semester.

Marketing your Education Abroad Experience Professionally Workshop

Hosted during International Education Week in November (more details to come)

Learn to articulate your EA experience in resumes, cover letters, elevator pitches, & interviews

Presented by the Director of ACES, Jo Chytka

Give a presentation about your experiences somewhere on campus:

Have an interesting idea for a presentation that will engage students? Contact to share your ideas so we can put something together! This year, International Education Week will take place from November 18th – 22nd. We would love for you to give a presentation or volunteer during that week!

Participate in our photo contest in the fall and our video contest in the spring:

The deadline to submit your 2019 photo contest entries if you have been abroad since fall 2018 is November 6th, 2019. Please submit your entries alongside a signed photo release form to

Show off the amazing photos and videos that you took during your time abroad! An email will be sent at the beginning of October for more information about rules and expectations and click here to view past photo contest and video contest entries.

Write a “Postcard from Abroad” for our social media pages:

Finally, you can write a “Postcard from Abroad” for us to post on our social media pages and around the Cheney International Center. Share with us a paragraph (no more than 150 words) about your experience abroad and 2-3 photos and we will turn it into a social media postcard! This can be done during your time abroad or after. Things you may wish to share in your paragraph: What are you studying at UW/What year at UW are you? What drew you to the city/country that you’re currently in? Are you staying with a host family or in the residence halls/apartments? What do you like most about the people you are living with? Do you feel that your time abroad is changing your perspective of the world? If yes/no, how? Is your study abroad experience living up to what you expected? If yes/no, in what ways? What is something you did not expect to encounter during your time abroad? Do you feel your knowledge in your major/your language acquisition are improving? If you could encapsulate your experiences so far in 1-2 words, what would it/they be? What do you miss about home (UW, family, friends, pets, etc.)? Check out our social media pages to see past Postcards from Abroad!

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