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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, contact:

Office of Student Life, 7th floor of the Student Center
412-392-8026 |

Also, be sure to check out the U.S. Department of State's webpage for students studying abroad.

Plan Well in Advance

Pictured is a computer and smart phone iconJoin the Study Abroad Group in PointSync

All of the study abroad information and paperwork is maintained in the Study Abroad group in PointSync. Visit this site to learn about upcoming informational meetings and program-related forms and instructions. For assistance with your login and password contact the Technology Helpdesk at 412-392-3494 or

Pictured is an icon of a teacher in front of a classroom.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-January. Specific dates and times for these meetings will be posted in PointSync.

Pictured is an icon of outlines of three people.Talk to Other Students

Connect with other Point Park students who have studied abroad. Contact the study abroad coordinator for student names and contact information.

Pictured is an icon of a clipboard with a check mark.Earn and Retain Eligibility

When you apply to study abroad, you must be a currently registered student who will have attained at least sophomore status (30+ credits) by your study abroad semester, have a satisfactory conduct history and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA as of your last completed semester at Point Park. Also, your student account must be cleared, and you may not have any outstanding obligations to the University.

Pictured is a money icon.Save Money

Study abroad students spend an average of $3,000 to $5,000 during their semester abroad. 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

Pictured is a calendar icon.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 February for the summer and fall semesters.

Pictured is an icon of an application.Begin the Application Process

Program applications and paperwork can be found in PointSync once they are made available after the study abroad information meeting held each semester.

Pictured is an office door icon.Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to identify course options that fit into your program guide. Course information and forms are available in PointSync in Files by program and semester of interest.

Complete Important Paperwork

Pictured is an icon of a letter in an envelope.Submit Your Paperwork On Time

Ensure timely submission of your paperwork to the study abroad coordinator. Prior to submission, read all program information including the Study Abroad Handbook. Be sure to follow all instructions in the handbook, as well as the appropriate checklist and guide available in PointSync in Files by program and semester of interest.

Pictured is a passport icon.Apply For or Renew Your Passport

Begin the process of obtaining or renewing your passport on the Before You Go page on the U.S. Department of State's web page for students studying abroad. Carefully read and follow all instructions to avoid delays in processing.

Pictured is a smartphone icon.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.

Final Steps

Pictured is an icon of a plane.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.

Pictured is a family icon.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.

Pictured is an icon of a happy face with a globe.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 keep in touch with us at