Step 6: Choosing and applying to your program

Current deadlines

For spring, calendar year or winter break programs:
For summer, fall and academic year programs:

"I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself."
— James Baldwin

step 6Before you get UVM's approval to study abroad, you must apply to your program of choice. Program deadlines vary, with some quite early, even up to one year in advance. You must apply to your program before UVM's deadlines (see right) for having a study abroad advisor review and sign your application.

Explore programs further

In the advising section, you explored the four types of study abroad programs available to UVM students. There are other ways to explore programs. The International Resource room at Living/Learning Center B-161 (hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday) is a great resource for people looking to learn more about the programs they're interested in. Visitors can:

We also recommend:

Applying to your program

Once you have decided on a program, it is time to apply. Individual program deadlines vary: You must meet the earlier of the UVM or program application deadlines.

How to apply to an "external" study abroad program

  1. Obtain an application and review application directions on the external program's website or the sponsoring institution's website.
  2. Get study abroad advisor signature indicating your eligibility to apply.
  3. Request transcripts from all universities attended. Request UVM transcript.
  4. Request letter(s) of recommendation directly from faculty. Plan to give your faculty at least 30 days to complete a recommendation.
  5. Fill out student section of the language proficiency report (when required) and request faculty to complete the form.
  6. Include the application fee or deposit.
    Note: Programs generally respond 2-6 weeks after they receive all required application materials.
  7. If you accept their offer, request your Study Abroad Approval Form (SAAF) to obtain UVM approval.

How to apply to a UVM bilateral exchange program

  1. Read specific fact sheets for program eligibility requirements, fees and academics.
  2. Review exchange host institution website for specific academic and other details.
  3. Meet with your regional study abroad advisor.
  4. Complete the internal application process: Complete the UVM Bilateral Exchange Application (PDF). Plan to give your faculty at least 30 days to complete a reference. 
  5. Within one month of filing your application, you will be notified if UVM is nominating you to participate on the exchange program (each program has limited spaces available).
  6. If you are nominated and want to accept the nomination, request your Study Abroad Approval Form (SAAF).
  7. Complete the exchange host institution's application or registration process.

How to apply to an International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

  1. Read ISEP fact sheet for program details, eligibility requirements, fees and academics.
  2. Review ISEP website for specific academic and other details on all host institutions you are interested in.
  3. Meet with your study abroad advisor.
  4. Complete all required ISEP application materials, including the application checklist with fee payment instructions, academic references, language proficiency report (when required), host site request list and course request lists for each host institution. See additional information about the ISEP placement process.
  5. Generally, within 6-8 weeks, you will be notified by the Office of International Education of your tentative placement at an exchange host institution.
  6. If you want to accept your placement, request your Study Abroad Approval Form (SAAF).
  7. Once your placement has been confirmed, complete the exchange host institution's application and/or registration process.

How to apply to a UVM semester program

  1. Apply to Oaxaca
  2. For Buckham Overseas Study Program: Students must first apply to the Buckham Overseas Study Program (by contacting Professor Helen Scott in the English Department. Applicants will work with the Buckham program director to proceed.

Next step: Obtain approval for study abroad

There are several steps that must be completed to obtain permission to study abroad from UVM. Once you've applied to your program, move on to Step 7: Obtain approval for study abroad.