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You are seven steps away from taking your education abroad!

Eligibility Requirements 

Before you follow the steps below, please check our eligibility requirements to see if you are eligible to participate in our education abroad programs. These are our eligibility requirements: 

  • A minimum of a 2.75 GPA
  • 30 or more credit hours (sophomore standing or higher)**
  • Must be in good standing with the university and not on academic or disciplinary probation
  • Students must meet with an Education Abroad advisor before applying
  • Apply to a UW sanctioned program


*Some programs may require a higher GPA and language proficiency.  Speak with your Education Abroad advisor if you have any questions about this. 

**There are two exceptions to this requirement: second-semester freshmen can partake in the London Semester (Contact Erika Saunders for more information) and freshmen can participate in First-Year Seminar courses abroad. 

Step One

Create a profile in The Cowboys Abroad Portal, our study abroad application system. The profile will include biographical information, educational information, and information about your interests in study abroad. Once your profile is created, you may return to the system at any time to start/continue an application. Make sure to bookmark the Cowboys Abroad Portal so you can easily log back into your profile! If you already have a profile, log in to make sure the information is updated and accurate. 

Step Two

Make an appointment with an Education Abroad Advisor to learn about the application process, eligibility requirements, as well as academic and financial planning.  During your appointment, you will explore different education abroad options that suit your academic and financial needs!  

Meet your Education Abroad Advisors:

Shelley Jewell advises for: Ireland, all ISEP programs, and New Zealand

Sara Robinson advises for: China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Russia, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales)

Erika Saunders advises for: Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, and The London Semester

Kaitlyn Emerson advises for: COST (Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching), Ghana, Latin America (Central and South), Morocco, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and The National Student Exchange

Step Three

Decide on a program dependent upon the information provided to you in the meeting with your Education Abroad Advisor and your own personal research.  During this time, you should speak with your parents/family, with your academic advisor, with Financial Aid, and with any other stakeholders in your education before making a decision! Once you have decided upon a program, you will let your Education Abroad advisor know via email and they will assign you to your Education Abroad application in The Cowboys Abroad Portal

Step Four

Complete your Application through The Cowboys Abroad Portal. Once you have made a program decision your portal should look different! Now, you will need to complete the following application requirements before the application deadline:

  • The exchange/study abroad application which includes an essay stating your academic, professional, and personal goals, various program-specific questions, a scan of your valid passport, and a copy of your official University of Wyoming transcript.
  • Self-disclosing medical questionnaire
  • Learning content
  • An assessment based on what you’ve learned so far
  • A recommendation from your academic advisor

Step Five

Once your application has been approved by your Education Abroad Advisor in The Cowboys Abroad Portal, you will begin the application process for your specific program. If you plan to study through an exchange, your Education Abroad advisor will nominate you and you will complete an application through your host institution. If you plan to study through a program provider, you will complete an application specific to their program. Stay in contact with your Education Abroad advisor during this process! 

Step Six

Step Seven

Complete all Pre-Departure requirements on your Cowboys Abroad Portal and “attend” the Pre-Departure Orientation session for specific information on credit transfers, academics, finances, health & safety, logistics, cultural transitions, staying connected, and returning home!

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