Step 1: Get started

step 1Get started! We're here to help. Tell us you're interested, set some goals and confirm your eligibility — then you're on your way.


"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."
— St. Augustine

Take the first step — Create your iAbroad account

When you create your iAbroad account, you will be able to begin the study abraod inquiry process which outlines all of the steps you need to take to study abroad, and the order in which you should complete them. You also will be automatically be added to our student database, allowing you to receive information about study abroad fairs and other opportunities to learn more about study abroad options.

Set your goals and priorities

Figuring out your academic and geographic goals are the first things that will shape your decisions about studying abroad. Please read and complete electronically the Goals and Priorities Form in iAbroad. You must bring a printed copy of this form with you in order to attend a 'Getting Started' advising session.

Attend a "Getting Started" advising session

These mandatory advising sessions provide you with critical information about the types of study abroad programs, and how financial aid, credit transfer and other factors may affect which types of programs you will want to consider. You do not need an appointment, but you will be required to bring your completed Setting Goals and Priorities Form with you.

Sessions are offered weekly in Living/Learning B180 when classes are in session. Check the OIE Calendar of Events for dates and times.

checkmarkConfirm your eligibility to study abroad

To be eligible to apply to study abroad for a semester or more, a student must meet eligibility requirements for both UVM as well as for the approved study abroad program and/or foreign institution. The latter will be clear once you choose a program.

UVM's eligibility requirements ... You must:

Students need to maintain good academic and social standing at UVM until departing to study abroad.

Next step: Academic and study abroad advising

The Office of International Education is ready to help you down the path of planning for your experience. Learn about the academic and study abroad resources available and necessary to you in Step 2.