Where Do I Start?

Where Do I Start?

So you’re interested in studying off-campus. What now?

Don’t panic. Below are some resources to help you figure out what you need to do.

Timeline

Now

  • Mention to your advisor that you’re thinking about studying abroad. Check to see if there are any requirements specific to your major.
  • Start thinking about when you want to go. Your junior or senior year is usually best.
  • Start looking at the different programs to see what you’re interested in.
  • Contact the CGE to let us know that you’re interested.
Semester before you go
  • Talk to Financial Aid. Find out how a semester off campus will affect your scholarships/loans.
  • Tell your advisor your plans.
  • Apply to your desired program. Fall semester deadlines are usually between February and April, and Spring semester deadlines are usually between May and October.
  • Apply for a passport if you do not have one (if necessary for your program).
  • Save money. You will want to spend extra money on travel and extras while you are off-campus!
  • Contact the CGE. We want to find out what your plans are, and give you some tips to make the process easier.
One month before you go
  • Contact Housing to arrange housing for the semester you return to SNU.
  • Arrange at the Commons Office for your mail to be forwarded to someone who can be responsible for anything that needs to be taken care of while you are off-campus.
  • Check with Financial Aid and the Business Office to make sure that you have signed all pertinent documents.
  • Talk to your bank. Find out rules regarding international card charges, ATM transactions, and anything that might affect your finances.
  • Find out if you need any special clothing, books, or other items for your program.
  • Check with your advisor about procedures to enroll while you are gone.

Two weeks before you go

  • Set up a Skype account. International video chatting is free; you can also use Skype to call phones in the United States from a computer in another country more cheaply than using international calling cards.
  • Make sure your family and friends know that communication will probably take a little bit longer than normal.
  • Consider starting a blog or an email list. You have a lot of people who care about you, and want to hear about your adventures. (Make sure to add cge@mail.snu.edu to the list!)

One week before you go

  • Start packing. Make sure you have everything you need (especially your passport).
  • Give yourself time to spend some time with family and friends. It might be sad to leave them, but your adventure will be worth it!

Programs According to Major/Interests

Not sure which program is right for you? Here is a list of programs based on what your interests are. Most programs are interdisciplinary, and are composed of several different subject matters; however, below are basic areas on which the programs focus.

Business Economics Finance

  • American Studies Program
  • China Studies Program
  • Contemporary Music Center
  • Institute for Global Education
  • Latin American Studies Program (International Business Concentration: Fall Semester only)
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Executive Track)

Communication Art
Music Journalism Drama

  • American Studies Program
  • Australia Studies Centre
  • China Studies Program
  • Contemporary Music Center
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center
  • Washington Journalism Center

History Political Science

  • American Studies Program
  • China Studies Program
  • Institute for Global Education
  • Latin American Studies Program
  • Middle East Studies Program
  • Oxford Summer Programme
  • Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
  • Uganda Studies Program

English Literature General Studies

  • Latin American Studies Program (Language & Literature Concentration)
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center
  • Oxford Summer Programme
  • Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
  • Uganda Studies Program

Biblical Studies Philosophy Theology

  • American Studies Program
  • Australia Studies Centre
  • China Studies Program
  • Latin American Studies Program
  • Middle East Studies Program
  • Nazarene International Language Institute
  • Oxford Summer Programme
  • Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
  • Uganda Studies Program

Social Work Psychology

  • American Studies Program
  • Australia Studies Centre
  • China Studies Program
  • Focus Leadership Institute
  • Latin American Studies Program
  • Middle East Studies Program
  • Uganda Studies Program

Biology Environmental Science

  • Latin American Studies Program (Environmental Science Concentration: Spring Semester only)
  • Quetzal Education Research Center

Classics

  • Oxford Summer Programme
  • Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
*Adapted from bestsemester.com