Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Experience
Studying abroad requires extensive planning. Read the tips below to effectively prepare for your study abroad trip. For questions or more information, visit the Office of Student Affairs on the seventh floor of the Student Center, call 412-392-3840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to check out the U.S. Department of State's webpage for students studying abroad.
Plan Well in Advance
Join the Study Abroad Group in OrgSync
All of the study abroad information and paperwork is maintained in the Study Abroad group on OrgSync. Visit this site often to ask questions, view study abroad photos and learn about upcoming informational meetings.
Attend a Study Abroad Informational Meeting
Learn more about Point Park's study abroad program including financing options. One meeting per semester is held, generally in mid-September and mid-February. Specific dates and times for these meetings will be posted in OrgSync.
Talk to Other Students
Connect with other Point Park students who have studied abroad. Stop by the Office of Student Affairs for a list of student names and their contact information.
Earn and Retain Eligibility
When you apply to study abroad, you must be a sophomore with a satisfactory judicial history and at least a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. Also, your student account must be cleared with no outstanding obligations to the University.
Study abroad students spend an average of $3,000 to $5,000. Costs to consider include travel, meals (not all programs include a meal plan), local transportation, books, supplies, health care and entertainment.
Start the Official Process
Decide When You Want to Study Abroad
Determine the semester you would like to study abroad and check on the application deadline. Applications are generally due in September for the spring semester and at the beginning of March for the summer and fall semesters.
Begin the Application Process
Program applications and paperwork are located in OrgSync and become available after the study abroad information meeting held each semester.
Meet With Your Academic Advisor
Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to identify course options that fit into your program guide. Course listings are available in OrgSync under the program and semester of interest headings.
Complete Important Paperwork
Submit Your Paperwork On Time
Ensure timely submission of your paperwork to the Office of Student Affairs. Prior to submission, read all program information including the Study Abroad Handbook available in OrgSync.
Apply For or Renew Your Passport
Begin the process of obtaining or renewing your passport on the U.S. Passports & International Travel website. Carefully read and follow all instructions on the website to avoid delays in processing.
Contact Your Health Insurance Company
Call your health insurance company and verify what, if any, benefits and services are available to you while you are overseas studying abroad.
Make Travel Arrangements, Learn About Your Host Country and Visa Requirements
Book your transportation to your study abroad destination. Learn about your host country and if required, apply for a visa with the U.S. Department of State — Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Say Goodbye to Your Family
Be sure to say goodbye to your family and friends. They will miss you! Keep in touch via social media and consider creating a blog to document your experiences.
Enjoy Your Semester Abroad!
Study hard — but also enjoy your time living overseas and try to experience as much as you can! We encourage you to upload photos and post status updates on the news feed in OrgSync.