Getting Started

Every application for study abroad begins with meeting an advisor and completing the application on TruView. There are various program models offered through Truman and many have unique application processes, but our office is here to guide you.

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.

You can take classes with familiar Truman faculty through our Faculty-Led Programs, swap places with an international student through Exchange Programs, enroll directly in a foreign university or program through our Direct Enrollment Programs, or find a way to work or teach abroad with our Internships and Teaching Opportunities Abroad.

As you explore, here are five important questions to ask yourself:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

To make an appointment, visit our Calendly page or stop by the Center for International Education and Study Abroad in Baldwin Hall 106. Your advisor will:

  • Listen to what’s important to you and help you hone in on important points
  • Give you an overview of what to expect in the process of studying abroad at Truman
  • Collect some basic information from you to help us process your request to study abroad

Help yourself feel secure in your decision to go abroad by consulting with others who can guide you to make a wise choice. Discuss your plans with trusted family and friends, but also consult some important people here at Truman. We especially encourage you to:

  • Go over your plans with someone in the Financial Aid Office. Call (660) 785-4130, email or drop by McClain Hall 103. Financial Aid can help you better understand how your scholarships and aid will apply to your specific program and let you know about other avenues for funding.
  • Discuss your plans with your academic advisor or major advisor. They can help you better understand the best time to study abroad and the processes for making sure credits count towards requirements for your degree or major.


Whether you are looking at a faculty-led program or a semester/summer/year long program through a provider, all applications start with TruView (TruView > Tools > Student > Student Tools > Registration > Apply to Study Abroad).

There can be some variation when applying to faculty-led programs. All applications ask for basic information, such as emergency contacts and a short essay, but some programs will ask for additional steps or materials (such as a language evaluation or recommendation letter), so do be sure to review any information on the program webpage. If there are additional steps, the Study Abroad Office will follow-up with you.

If applying for an exchange or direct enrollment program, you will need also need to complete their application. Deadlines can vary, but most exchange programs have a priority deadline and direct-enrollment programs have deadlines usually set by the host institution. See the program’s webpage for details and plan accordingly. 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. Every provider organization has its own system of doing things, so if you have questions or need help, it is best to reach out directly to the program advisor/admissions counselor; they know their systems and programs and are better placed to help you.

It is always best to meet with a study abroad provider before beginning your application. Our advisors can help you understand the process and timelines involved and help smooth the whole process.


Center for International Education Abroad
Truman State University
Baldwin 106
100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076