Congratulations! You are about to start the process to one of the best experiences of your life: study abroad. Studying abroad is a phenomenal opportunity, but it does take some work – which is why we, the Office of International Education, are here to help. Read below to see how you can easily get started.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 Session
All students wishing to study abroad must attend a Study Abroad 101 session. These 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. Students will be introduced to the iAbroad process and "register" their attendance.
Meet with your Academic Advisor
Once you have attended a Study Abroad 101 Session you should meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss the following topics:
- When is the best semester to study abroad?
- Do you need to take classes for your major, minor, or general electives?
- Are there classes for your major that you must take at UVM?
Students are required to complete the appropriate advising form, linked on the right, with their advisor. Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to find out where to bring the form.
Consider your UVM Housing Options
In Burlington’s tight rental market, off-campus housing decisions typically need to be made very far in advance. Many students report that it is difficult to find a subletter for their off-campus apartment during their semester abroad. Some landlords will not even allow subleases. You may find it easier and less stressful to sign up to live on campus for the semester before or after your semester abroad. UVM on-campus housing is available to you as a full-time undergraduate student, even if you have already fulfilled your residency requirement. Please see Residential Life’s page for information about completing a housing contract and selecting a room.
If you do choose to live off campus during the semester before or after your study abroad semester, you should plan ahead to make sure that your landlord will allow you to sublease your apartment and that your roommates are happy with the arrangement. You should also allow for plenty of time to find a subletter. The University of Vermont Off-Campus Housing Service provides a way to post a free sublet listing, and has message boards and other resources.