How to Apply for Semester and Summer Programs
IF YOUR PROGRAM IS LED BY CUA FACULTY, PLEASE REVIEW THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CUA FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS.
Before submitting an application, all applicants must meet with their academic advisors to discuss requirements remaining for their degrees and also to plan how the courses they wish to take abroad will fulfill graduation requirements.
General Application Materials (must be submitted for every program):
1. Education Abroad Academic Eligibility Form must be completed by all students enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences or the School of Business. The form must be signed by the Dean's Office. It is recommended that students complete this form first to determine whether or not they are eligible to study abroad. Other Schools do not have this requirement.
2. CUAbroad Online Application (print a copy for your record)
a. Statement of Purpose This is a one-page biographical essay explaining your background, qualifications for the program, and why you believe you are a good candidate. (Included in the online application.)
3. Education Abroad Credit Approval Form. On this form students will list the courses they intend to take abroad, including several back-ups. All proposed courses must fit into the student's tracking sheet, and each requires a signature from the appropriate CUA official: the Departmental Advising Coordinator's signature for courses in the student's major or minor, and the Transfer Coordinator's signature for distribution and free electives. Both the Advising Coordinator and the Transfer Coordinator must also sign the bottom of the form.
4. Academic Transcript showing your coursework to date along with the current cumulative GPA at the time of application. Please check the program web page to see whether official transcript is necessary or whether an unofficial transcript printed from Cardinal Station is acceptable. Non-CUA applicants must submit an official transcript.
5. Letter of Recommendation. One academic letter of recommendation from a professor whom you have had in class within the last year. He/She should evaluate your overall academic work. Hardcopy recommendations should be written on departmental letterhead, placed in a sealed envelope, and signed across the flap. They should be returned to you to include with your application. Alternatively, recommendations may be emailed to CUAbroad directly by the professor. (Exception: Parliamentary Internship) Some programs will require more than one letter (or even form) of recommendation so please be sure to check the program web site for details.
6. Application Fee. A $100 non-refundable application fee must accompany your application. Payment methods include cash, check (payable to "CUA") or credit card. Please bring payment directly to CUAbroad in McMahon 111. Be sure to provide your phone number and note the program for which you are applying.
7. Color photocopy or scan of the information page of your passport. Each student is responsible for obtaining his/her passport well ahead of the application deadline. If you fail to obtain a passport before the application deadline, you risk not being able to participate in the program due to the time required for visa processing. Most semester and academic programs do require a visa and applying for one may take 4-6 weeks. The State Department passport web site has information on how to apply for - or renew - your passport.
8. Photo. Each student is asked to supply a passport-style photo of themselves for their student file. Be sure your name is written on the back. Some programs will require additional passport-style photos. Please check your program's web page to find out. Passport-style photos measure 2X2 inches and are obtainable at a Walgreens, CVS, FedEx, or the local post office.
9. Program-Specific Application Materials. These are additional forms and documents that may be required by the overseas host institution or program. Examples include:
- host institution's own application (online or in hard copy)
- housing application
- additional passport-style photographs
- language assessment
- resume or CV
- police clearance letter
- approval from the home institution's education abroad office, etc.
Program-specific application materials are listed on the appropriate program web page and should be submitted directly to CUAbroad along with all of the general application materials. No education abroad application is complete without all the program-specific forms and other required materials.