Every program offered through Truman has its own unique application process, so our office is here to guide you through the process.
With over 500 programs in over 60 countries, there are so many ways to study abroad. We encourage you to explore programs on our website, attend the Study Abroad Fair held each semester, or find more events or information through our social media accounts. As you think, here are five important questions to ask yourself:
- Where do I want to go? Europe is popular destination, but there are also great places to consider in Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. English instruction is offered almost everywhere, so don’t let language stand in the way of a place that keeps grabbing your attention.
- When do I want to go and for how long? We offer everything from 2 week long faculty-led trips to year long exchange programs. You can go during a regular semester, over the summer, or during a Winter or May Interim.
- How much do I want to pay? There is a variety of scholarships and financial aid available for study abroad, but programs costs can vary. Looking for a less expensive program? Consider an exchange program or a program outside of Europe.
- What classes do I need to take? Classes taken abroad come back as electives by default, but if you plan carefully with your academic advisor you can arrange to substitute those classes for major, minor, and general degree requirements. Start this conversation early and make a plan.
- What type of experience do I want? Programs come in all shapes and sizes. Some require more independence and others create a ‘group feel’ and give lots of support. Some programs allow open course enrollment in a university, while others have a pre-set curriculum focused on a particular discipline.
Your Study Abroad Advisors are your main resource at Truman as your move through the entire process of studying abroad: from exploring programs and applying to pre-departure orientation and welcoming you back from your time abroad, we are here to help. So, as you begin preparing to study abroad, we highly encourage you to make an appointment to meet in person with a study abroad advisor. Whether you are still figuring out where you want to go or you are ready to begin your application, we will orient you to the whole process and get you started on the right foot.
The application process varies across our programs, your study abroad advisor will direct you with what to do. In some cases, you will need to apply directly through a study abroad provider’s website, and in others you will submit all your application materials directly to the Study Abroad Office. Most applications will ask you for personal and academic information, as well as academic references, transcripts, and passport information. Sometimes programs ask you to pre-select courses, while other programs will do enrollment after acceptance.
Please, do not begin an application to any study abroad program until you have had an initial meeting with a study abroad advisor.
The Study Abroad Office requires you to send us your most current official academic transcript from the Registrar’s Office. Once you are ready to begin applying to a specific program, stop into the Registrar’s office in McClain Hall and fill out a Study Abroad Transcript Request Form to have a copy of your transcript sent directly to the Study Abroad Office free of charge.
Students with majors or minors in the Classical and Modern Languages department should use the Pre-Approval Course Forms below when planning substitutions.
Our Study Abroad Office can assist you in getting an estimate of your program expenses, but we also encourage you to have a conversation with the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall in order to get a clear understanding of how your financial aid and scholarships will apply to those study abroad costs. This can help you to develop a budget for both your Truman Bill and your out-of-pocket expenses for study abroad.
- All students who want their Truman Scholarships to apply to their Study Abroad charges must complete and return a Study Abroad Scholarship Renewal Form.
- All students who want FAFSA Grants and Loans or the Cultural Loan to apply to their Study Abroad charges must complete and return a Study Abroad Funding Sheet.
- Students receiving the Pershing Scholarship to Study Abroad must complete this form.
- Students applying for the Cultural Loan must complete the full loan application found here.
Center for International Education Abroad
Truman State University
100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501