Step 2: Academic and Study Abroad Advising

Four types of study abroad programs are available to UVM students:

  1. Exchange programs (either a UVM bilateral or ISEP exchange programs)
  2. UVM short-term programs
  3. UVM semester programs
  4. External programs

Explore these options further ...

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable."
— Clifton Fadiman

step 2A study abroad experience can be a life changing event. This is why the Office of International Education stresses the advising step of your discovery process so greatly. Planning is the most important part of your process, and our advising staff is here to guide you on how to do the right preparation to ensure a meaningful academic and personal experience.

Academic Advising

Your major, minor and the UVM Schools or College in which you are enrolled may define a great deal about your study abroad experience. Meet with your academic advisors at least 15 months before you intend to study abroad. If you are a double major enrolled in more than one UVM School or College, meet with advisors in both areas; if you are an Honors College student, also speak with your Honors College advisor (

Select the UVM School(s)/College(s) in which you are enrolled for your Academic Advising Form:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Word | PDF
College of Arts & Sciences Word | PDF
School of Business Administration Word | PDF
College of Education and Social Services Word | PDF
College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences Word | PDF
Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources Word | PDF
College of Nursing & Health Sciences Word | PDF

Once you understand what semester or period of time is best for you to study abroad, and what courses you wish to take while abroad, you can better research your study abroad options. When you locate what seems to be the right program or university for your studies, obtain course syllabi or course descriptions of courses you hope to bring back to meet major or minor requirements. Course equivalencies are never obvious, so you are advised to re-visit your academic advisor with these materials to review these options, for guidance as to which seem best suited to meet your academic needs.

Learn about the program types available to you

The following types of approved programs are available for UVM students who wish to study abroad. What is an "approved" program? An institution or program offered by a provider that has a record of successfully transferring credits back to UVM. Please note that a program's appearance on the approved list does not indicate that it is approved for all UVM students; for example, a program in Italy may be approved for someone majoring in art history, but may not be approved for someone majoring in studio art. Be sure to do your research thoroughly.

To compare the features of the different types of study abroad programs, look at the Types of Programs Grid.

Do your research

There are a number of important factors to consider when selecting a study abroad program including language of instruction, types of experience, program type and more. Research is necessary in exploring all of the options before making an appointment to meet with a regional study abroad advisor.

Meet with your Regional Study Abroad Advisor

You are required to meet with a Regional Study Abroad Advisor if you...

If none of the above apply to you then you do not have to meet with a Regional Study Abroad Advisor.

Before meeting with a Regional Study Abroad Advisor you should already have attended a "Getting Started" Advising Session (see above), and completed the form: Stage 1: Setting Goals. You also should have read and carefully reviewed Study Abroad Steps 3-5: Financial Considerations; Earning Credit For Your Studies; and VIP: Visas, Immunizations and Passport.

To schedule an appointment: Please call the main office at (802) 656-4296.

What to bring to all appointments: Stage 1: Setting Goals form and any current UVM financial aid award letter. You can access your financial aid award letter at:

Next step: Financial considerations

Once you understand the basic program types, you are ready to explore how your financial aid may or may not apply to a study abroad program. You may also explore scholarships or other financing options. Move on to Step 3: Research financial considerations.