Please refer to application deadlines when considering applying for study abroad. While the process of enrolling in a study abroad program is exciting, it can also seem overwhelming. It doesn't have to be. The best approach to the process is to break it down into manageable steps or stages and to allow sufficient time to complete all of the steps.
2-3 months before the application deadline
Research Programs and Meet with Study Abroad Adviser – Before beginning work on a study abroad application, students should research SIUE approved programs and meet with a study abroad adviser for initial advisement to determine eligibility and study abroad university/program options best suited to academic, financial and personal needs.
Foreign languages and literature majors & minors (Spanish, French and German): Per FL Department requirements, you must meet with your foreign language faculty mentor & FL Study Abroad faculty adviser early in the study abroad planning process to discuss suitable programs for individual student academic needs. There is a FL Study Abroad Advisement Pre-Application Form that you will need to obtain from your FL mentor/Study Abroad adviser to turn in with your study abroad application. If you do not know who your faculty mentor is, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature in Peck Hall, room 2310.
1-2 months before the application deadline – APPLY to your program
Effective summer 2014, SIUE is converting to an ONLINE study abroad application system. You will use your SIUE e-id and password to create and return to your study abroad application page to complete various components of the application for your program. Other parts of your application will need to be submitted directly to the office that is sponsoring your program (Office of International Programs, School of Business, etc.)
There are three types of documents that you will deal with during the application process:
- Questionnaires, such as the personal statement essay, that you complete and submit online.
- Material submissions, such as an official transcript, which you submit directly to the office that sponsors your specific program. You can bring these in person to the office or send it via mail. Many submissions can also be scanned and emailed.
- Signature documents, such as the Study Abroad Participant Agreement and Release Form, that you read and “sign” online.
Steps to Apply Online
- Fully review information on this website and seek study abroad advisement from the appropriate departments:
- School of Business advisers – for business majors
- Department of Foreign Languages – for Spanish, German or French majors
- Office of International Programs (0300 SSC) for general study abroad advisement – complete and submit online the Study Abroad Appointment Request Form to schedule an appointment
- Decide on a program that fits your needs — not just region of the world of interest, but a program that offers courses that correspond to your remaining SIUE requirements. You will need to meet with an adviser to determine academic suitability of courses.
- Locate your program of interest in our Program Search.
- To apply to a program, click the “APPLY NOW” button at the top of the online program brochure page for the program to which you wish to apply. You will need to login with your SIUE e-id and password.
- Complete the checklist of each application piece associated with your program. The Study Abroad website is integrated with the SIUE Banner system and you will always login in using your SIUE e-id and password, first to create the application, and subsequently to return to your study abroad application to complete additional forms and to receive instructions. Once you login, you will have a personalized page with a checklist of application pieces required for your program including a “Personal Statement” Essay, a Recommendation Form, and other requirements. You will need to complete all items on this page in order for your application to be considered complete.
To return to your application/logged-in page, simply go to the PROGRAMS page and click the “Login/Register” button in the top right corner.
There are 3 phases to the study abroad process: the application phase, the post-decision/pre-departure phase, and the while abroad phase. You will need to return to your study abroad application page to complete various online forms and to receive instructions related to the program to which you have applied. Some of the forms and instructions will not be released until you have been accepted to the program.
- One of the application items that cannot be completed online is the Study Abroad Course Proposal & SIUE Equivalency Form – students will obtain this form from their study abroad adviser. It is the student’s responsibility to research and identify potential courses offered at the host study abroad institution. After reviewing proposed courses with a Study Abroad adviser and obtaining the form, the student is responsible for meeting with all appropriate faculty study abroad advisors in the appropriate SIUE academic departments to obtain required signatures of approval for proposed study abroad courses and SIUE equivalencies.
Study abroad faculty advisers make the final decision of study abroad course approvals and SIUE equivalent courses. Students must return the original SIUE Study Abroad Equivalence Form to the Office of International Programs by the application deadline.
- Please note that affiliate programs CEA, AIFS and Globalinks have additional application requirements to complete AFTER you receive notification of approval of your SIUE study abroad application. You will receive instruction on these additional requirements from your Study Abroad adviser and via your SIUE logged in Study Abroad application page. These additional requirements typically include additional online forms, application fees in some cases, SIUE transcript, etc. Direct programs at John Cabot University, Heidelberg University and Salzburg College will also have additional program specfic requirement to complete after you receive notification of your approval from SIUE to study abroad.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Julie Wojtal at email@example.com or by phone at (618) 650‑2419.