Steps to Study Abroad
All students must first apply to be approved to study abroad through the study abroad office. Once you are approved you can apply to your study abroad program. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and all applications will be considered if you apply by the deadline. IIT application deadlines are usually before partner deadlines, but please keep track of all necessary dates to ensure you are applying on time for all applications.
- Create an account on AbroadOffice.
- Request an official transcript from the study abroad office
- Meet with your Academic Advisor
- Once approved by IIT, apply for your program
- Complete IIT portal materials
- Attend pre-departure
For more in-depth information please see below.
Talk to Your Advisors
Discuss your plans to study abroad with your academic advisor to ask him/her if it will fit in with your major and your academic program. Be sure to keep your other advisors in mind too. For example, contact your athletic coaches and/or ROTC commanders to see if there are special considerations with regards to timing or requirements. With enough planning, you could easily work your curriculum around your study abroad experience.
Research Program Options
Finding a study abroad program that meets your academic interests and personal goals is an important first step in the international learning experience. The more clearly you can articulate what you hope to gain from the experience, the easier it will be to narrow your program options.
Learn more about program options and how financial aid transfers on our website.
Then, go to your AbroadOffice account to review programs, destinations, and application forms. Don't forget to try the advanced search option to find a program specific to your major or preferred host country!
Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
Once you have decided on a few programs that would work for you, drop by during walk-in advising hours. No appointment is necessary.
If walk-in hours do not work for you, please either contact the Coordinator of Study Abroad or schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to help you with the research and selection process and we’ll advise on program options and benefits.
Complete the IIT Application
The first step is to get approval from IIT to Study Abroad. You will do this by starting an online application through your AbroadOffice account. If you would like to study abroad with a program not listed in AbroadOffice, submit the External Study Abroad Program Initial Permission Form instead.
Applications for Summer, Fall, or Academic Year programs are due February 15. Applications for Spring programs are due September 10.
You must complete the following application forms by the deadline:
- Academic Advisor Approval Form
- Disciplinary Clearance Form
- IIT Permission to Study Abroad Form
Applications are reviewed and approved by the Study Abroad Committee. Once your application has been approved you will apply to your program, meet with Academic Affairs to get your courses approved, discuss costs with Financial Aid, and attend Pre-Departure Orientation.