Getting Started

1. Start the information gathering process TODAY. It is never too soon to start planning your international adventure. Sign up (hyperlink to “Schedule an Appointment Information Meetings) for an Information Meeting to learn more about selecting a program and the application process.

2. After reviewing the engineering programs (hyperlink to “Search Programs”) listed on our web site or in ISUAbroad (hyperlink to, select your top 2-3 programs.

3. Contact the Program Coordinator assigned to the programs that you are interested in. They have the best information relating to the location, educational institution, course credit transfers, application and selection process and deadlines.

4. Make an appointment with your advisor to talk about your academic needs and interests relating to course selection.

5. Start the Application Process:

  • Complete an application in ISUAbroad
  • Applications are reviewed by the Program Coordinator and successful candidates will be “Accepted” or “Nominated by Iowa State” to participate in the program.
  • Accepted and Nominated students will complete additional items in ISUAbroad, including but not limited to the items listed in the section below.

Accepted and Nominated Students:

  • Apply for your passport (or make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past the end date of your program)
  • Apply for your visa, if necessary
  • Make a realistic budget
  • Make housing arrangements, if necessary
  • Contact the Travel Nurse to determine whether you need an appointment
  • Check your health insurance coverage
  • Purchase an International Student Identity Card (required)
    • Provides supplementary emergency health insurance
    • Select discounts
    • Travelers Assistance service 24 hours/day
    • Available at the Study Abroad Center
  • If your family completes a FAFSA, make an appointment with your Financial Aid officer
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Learn about where you are going
  • Learn more about where you will be studying
  • If you have Iowa State housing, contact the Dept. of Residence to confirm housing upon your return
  • Participate in Pre-Departure Orientation sessions provided by your Program Coordinator and the Study Abroad Center – required by ISU.
  • Prepare to be an ambassador for Iowa State and the United States while you are abroad

For details and other great travel tips, please visit the Study Abroad Student Handbook, and Here for additional student info.

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Fast Facts

You can study abroad and graduate on time!
Many study abroad programs are English-speaking!
We have international internship opportunities!
Employers are looking for students with international experiences!
You can save money by studying abroad!