Study abroad overview

At ISU, each college has their own study abroad office as well as the Study Abroad Center. There are many programs designed for particular majors and many that are open to students from a variety of academic disciplines. Academic Advisors are not expected to be able to advise on all programs, though it is helpful for advisors to have a general awareness of study abroad and the tools available to them.

Academic advisor role in study abroad

  • Promote study abroad as a high impact learning experience.
  • Proactively ask students if they are considering or are planning to study abroad.
  • Connect students to study abroad advisors.
  • Help students navigate how courses will apply towards their degree plan.

Academics and credit transfer

  • Study Abroad Advisors can help find courses offered at intended university abroad and obtain course descriptions /syllabi for students to share with their advisor’s review.
    • Course descriptions/syllabi are also available in ISUAbroad on a program’s brochure page.
  • Students are advised to show their advisor more courses than what they actually intend to take to have backup options.
  • LAS Study Abroad does not advise students on how courses apply towards degree plan. It is important for students to discuss the courses they plan to take with their academic advisor so they can have an idea of how those courses will apply towards their degree plan.
  • If a student is taking transfer credit abroad, the host university will send a transcript to the appropriate ISU study abroad office.
    • This will be routed to the Office of Admissions for a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE).
    • After TCE is completed, students need to work with their academic advisor to apply transfer courses to degree audit.
  • If a student is taking ISU credit abroad, students will enroll in the course through ISU and normal procedures apply.

Scholarships and financial aid