Dear MU Student,

Thank you for your interest in Marshall University’s study abroad programs. We have received your Online Request Form and one of our study abroad advisors will be emailing you soon to set up a meeting to discuss your study abroad plans. We are located in the Center for International Programs, Old Main 320.

Before you come for the meeting, please look over our website at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/studyabroad/ where you can get an overview of all of our summer, semester and year abroad programs, as well as information about planning, scholarships, health & safety and travel.

I also encourage you to browse the many exchange programs we offer in over 35 countries through our partnership with ISEP at http://www.isep.org/nus/index.html. On this website, you can search the programs by your major, country and language of instruction. These programs will allow you study abroad for roughly the same cost as living and studying on the Marshall University campus. All of your scholarships and financial aid can be applied to the exchange program and you can apply for additional scholarships as well.

We look forward to advising you soon.

Ryan Warner
Executive Study Abroad Advisor
Office of Study Abroad
Center for International Programs
Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia 25755
Tel: 304-696-2379
Fax: 304-696-6353
Email: studyabroad@marshall.edu

Steps for Studying Abroad

1. Commit yourself and begin planning.
2. Apply for a passport at least six months before departure. You can apply for one at any Main U.S. Post Office (11th St. W in Huntington). An original birth certificate and two photo IDs are required. If you already hold a passport, it should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you intend to return.
3. Gather information. Visit http://www.isep.org, http://www.iiepassport.org or http://www.studyabroad.com.
4. Join the Marshall University STUDYABROAD-LIST to get the latest news about studying abroad through Marshall University. Your email will be automatically added to the list unless you ask us not to subscribe you to the list.
5. Estimate costs – talk with parents, the Financial Aid Office and a Study Abroad Advisor. Federal aid is available to qualifying students for study abroad, except summer.
6. Decide on a program: Will it be a semester, summer, or a full year? What country? What language will I need?
7. Sit down with your academic advisor and list: 1) General education requirements yet to be met; might these be taken abroad? 2) Required courses in your major yet to be taken; might these be taken abroad? 3) Elective courses in your major; might these be taken abroad?
8. You will need one or more academic recommendations when you apply for a study abroad program. Begin asking faculty members who are familiar with your work to write a letter on your behalf. It should refer also to your social maturity and strengths which will help assess your ability to adjust abroad.
9. Consult with a faculty liaison – an MU faculty or staff member who can answer your specific questions about study abroad related to your major, a specific program, or the country where you wish to study. Visit our website at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/?page_id=1131 for the most current listing.
10. Research the study abroad scholarship opportunities (see list of scholarships under “Finances” on our website) and begin the application process well in advance of the deadlines.
11. Consult often with the Office of Study Abroad. The Office of Study Abroad is located in the Center for International Program at 320 Old Main.