Getting started

Before you study abroad, you need to research your options. Follow these steps to find your study abroad program:

Step 1: Explore your goals and interests

Start by considering your personal, academic, and professional goals. What are you hoping to achieve by participating in a study abroad program?

You should also consider these other factors:

  • How long do you want to be abroad?
  • When do you want to go abroad?
  • What destinations interest you?
  • Are you interested in a more independent experience or a group experience?
  • Do you want to be with other ISU students or on your own?
  • Do you want to study with an ISU faculty member or with new faculty members at an international institution?
  • Do you have specific classes you need to take?
  • What is your budget?

Step 2: Meet with a study abroad adviser in the College of Human Sciences

At this appointment, you will discuss your goals and interests, and a study abroad adviser will help you to explore your program options through ISUAbroad, an online database of all study abroad opportunities available at Iowa State University. Use ISUAppointments (instructions here) or email us to schedule your appointment.

CHS students can participate in CHS programs, programs coordinated by other colleges, or programs coordinated by the Study Abroad Center. Depending on which program you choose, you may be referred to another study abroad adviser who coordinates that program.

Step 3: Meet with your academic adviser

It is also important to discuss goals and interests with your academic adviser. Make sure your adviser knows about your interest in going abroad, and he or she will assist with determining how classes offered as part of your study abroad program can help you to meet Iowa State degree requirements.

Step 4: Submit your ISUAbroad application

An ISUAbroad application is required for each program you are interested in. Learn more about how to apply with our All About ISUAbroad FAQ and application process page.

For more steps and information about the study abroad process, read our Simple Steps to Study Abroad document.