We are excited you are taking the first step towards studying abroad with LAS Study Abroad! The steps below will assist you with choosing and applying to a study abroad program.

1. Take time to research and prepare for study abroad. How much time you invest will impact your experience and goals set for yourself. Information about LAS Study Abroad programs are available under the Program Search on this website or on ISUAbroad. We also recommend attending the Study Abroad Fair (every September/January) and meeting with study abroad advisors.

2. It’s important to understand your personal budget and current costs. This will help you identify programs that work best for you financially. Consider funding options, such as Financial Aid and Scholarships, as well as out of pocket expenses when comparing program options.

3. Determine your goals for your study abroad experience. Consider where you want to go, your academic interests, and the length of program that is best for you. A study abroad advisor can help you with setting goals and recommending programs that align with your interests and program needs.

4. Familiarize yourself with the different types of programs and decide which program time is best for you. Iowa State study abroad programs can be categorized into four types: exchange, direct, affiliate, faculty-led programs.

  • Exchange: typically semester long and pay normal ISU tuition and fees.
  • Direct: semester or summer programs with tuition and fees set by the partner institution.
  • Affiliate: semester or summer long programs provided by a partner organization with additional support and an all inclusive program fee.
  • Faculty-led: travel abroad with ISU professors and a group of ISU students.

5. Carefully review the budget sheet for each program and what is included. On the program ISUAbroad page, there will be a breakdown of what is included and out of pocket expenses to anticipate. Note that budget sheets vary by type of program.

6. Once you have narrowed down your programs of interest, meet with your academic advisor to start to review course offerings and discuss how study abroad can fit into your degree plan.