The earlier you begin the application process, the more time you will have to gather information and select the best program for you.
Once you have decided which program(s) you wish to apply to, the steps in your application process will depend on whether you are applying for short-term (winter or summer intersession) program or a full-semester program:
Short-Term (winter or summer) Program Application Overview:
- Submit a Preliminary Form, which will add you to the Study Abroad email list. The Study Abroad Office will send out important information about upcoming information sessions, program options, and application deadlines to this list.
- As soon as you decide to study abroad, check that you have a passport that is valid for at least six months after you are planning to return to the US from your time overseas. In other words, your passport must be valid until the estimated end date of your program abroad plus another six months. Study Abroad personnel will not purchase airline tickets on your behalf without a copy of a valid passport; in addition, not having a valid passport could delay the visa process (if your program requires one).
- Attend an information session about the program(s) that most interest you. There you will learn about the program academics, dates, logistics, cost, and application process/timeline. Information session dates will be sent to the Study Abroad email list (see point #1 above) and are typically held early in the semester prior to travel (so, in September for Winter programs and in February for Summer programs).
- Meet with your Assistant Dean to confirm that the course(s) you are planning to take abroad are a good fit for your degree program and graduation plan.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Form A. Complete the Form A and email it to your Assistant Dean for their approval and signature. Once received back from your Assistant Dean, sign the form yourself.
- Complete the online application form, which you can access via the link emailed to you by the Office of Study Abroad with the blank Form A. You will submit your completed Form A and a short personal statement of between 200-300 words via the online application form.
- Once you have submitted your completed Form A and online application form, the Office of Study Abroad will provide you with a link to make your deposit payment online. This link will be sent to all applicants at a set date and time (this information will be emailed to all applicants ahead of time). Space in each program is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis based on which students complete the deposit payment process first.
- Upon successfully submitting your deposit, the Office of Study Abroad will confirm your place in the program and will work with you to complete other required pre-departure steps, including purchasing your flights, providing finalized details of your housing abroad, securing international health insurance, and getting your visa (if required; most short-term programs do not require a visa if you are a United States citizen).
Full-Semester Program Application Overview:
- Submit a Preliminary Form, which will add you to the Study Abroad email list. The Office will send out important information about upcoming information sessions, program options, and application deadlines to this list.
- As soon as you decide to study abroad, check that you have a passport that is valid for at least six months after you are planning to return to the US from your time overseas. In other words, your passport must be valid until the estimated end date of your program abroad plus another six months. Not having a valid passport could seriously delay the visa process (if your program requires one), potentially resulting in additional expense and/or a delayed departure to your host country.
- Email email@example.com to set up a meeting with an Office of Study Abroad staff member for advising and to ensure your eligibility.
- Working with the Office of Study Abroad, select the courses you wish to take while overseas. Note that many host schools abroad finalize course registration upon your arrival overseas; however, the course approval process you complete before you depart for your program will help you be prepared to complete your registration at your host school with pre-approved courses. The Office of Study Abroad will provide you with specific information about your chosen program's registration process and course offerings.
- Request a Form A from Study Abroad: this document will formalize your preliminary course choices. Add your course choices to your Form A and bring the document to your major/minor advisor and your School's Assistant Dean for their approval and signature. Be sure to select at least two alternate courses in addition to your main selections as backup options. In addition, you will also need to discuss your schedule for the semester following your time abroad when you meet with your advisors. You are responsible for registering online for the coming semester while you are abroad.
- Once you have submitted your completed Form A to the Office of Study Abroad, the staff will work with you to complete other required pre-departure steps, including planning your flights, housing, international health insurance, and visa (if required).
- Please note that you are responsible for requesting that an official transcript from your host institution/program be mailed to the Office of Study Abroad at Manhattan College as soon as possible following the completion of your program.
After you have submitted the Preliminary Form and decided on a program and you have been approved by the Office of Study Abroad, you will need to submit the following forms:
Short-Term Consent Form - for those studying abroad for 5 weeks or less.
Long-Term Consent Form - for students studying abroad for 6 weeks or longer.