Planning to Go Abroad

The process to study abroad involves a lot of careful planning, and the sooner you start - the better.   We recommend that you start the process at least a year in advance.  Acquiring or renewing your passport is a simple and easy way to begin your preparations for studying abroad, especially if you haven’t decided on a destination or program yet.

How to Successfully Prepare for Studying Abroad

The information listed below outlines the preparation process for studying abroad. These steps are not meant to be linear, and can be completed in any order.  However, it is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor, education abroad advisor, academic department and financial aid coordinator at least once before applying to a study abroad program..

1. Research programs
Explore the abundance of programs offered to get a general idea of your numerous study abroad options.  Keep in mind that programs each have their own requirements such as GPA, language proficiency, major, and class standing.

  • Kent State Centers.  These programs hosted by Kent State University in which students take Kent State University classes.  These programs can be a semester or a summer session.
  • Exchange programs.  On these programs students pay KSU tuition & fees to KSU and go abroad for a semester, summer, or year.
  • Faculty-led Programs.  For these programs, students enroll in a KSU course and travel with a KSU professor and a group of KSU students.   The programs’ timing and length vary greatly depending on the program, but are most often held during semester breaks (Winter Break and Spring Break) and the summer sessions.  Because the faculty-led programs that are offered each year vary, please note that some of the programs listed on our program search page may not be offered this year, but could be offered again in the future.
  • Direct-enroll programs.  On these programs students pay the host university or program's fees directly to the host university for a semester, year, or summer.
  • Experiential learning program.  These programs include volunteering, internship, and service learning programs.

2. Meet with your Academic Advisor
Meeting with your academic advisor will help you determine the best time for you to go abroad according to your degree plan.  Your academic advisor can also recommend which classes to take abroad and how those classes might transfer back.

3. Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor
Meeting with an education abroad advisor will offer more insight regarding program details (including finding class listings), advise you on the application process, and aid with the logistics of studying abroad.

4. Meet with the appropriate Academic Department
Students transferring back credit will have to get signed approval for those classes.  Your education abroad advisor will give you the appropriate forms to complete, but you will have to meet with the appropriate academic advisor, faculty, department head, and/or Dean’s Representative to get official approval.

5. Meet with the Financial Aid Coordinator responsible for study abroad.
Students with questions about using federal financial aid or Kent State scholarships will need to speak with a financial aid coordinator. Please email Financial Aid directly at with questions.