The Catholic University of America

Steps to Successful Academic Planning for Study Abroad

Before submitting an application students are strongly advised to follow the steps outlined below. 
2.  Attend an "Education Abroad 101: Getting Started" info session.  These sessions are mandatory for all CUA students wishing to study abroad.  You will learn about education abroad opportunities and application procedures, deadlines and more.  These small group sessions are offered regularly during the fall and spring semesters. Check the CUAbroad web site for days and times or stop by the CUAbroad office to find out when these sessions are offered.
3. Consult with your CUA academic advisor
Make an appointment with your advisor and discuss your intent to study abroad as soon as possible. During the appointment, review your CUA tracking sheet and determine which courses - major, minor, electives - you must take to fulfill various degree requirements and learn whether these courses can be taken overseas.  Discuss residency requirements for graduation as these requirements may vary by CUA school.  Transfer students will need to pay particular attention to working closely with their advisors as there is a limit to the number of courses one can take at another institution that will count toward the CUA degree.
4. Do your homework.  Research programs that you are considering carefully and in detail before completing and submitting application materials.  Read program brochures, visit web sites, review application instructions very carefully, print and save course descriptions and syllabi, etc.  Ask questions during the application process if you are uncertain about something.
5. Select a Program.  You may select from a variety of options offered by both CUA and by other institutions in the US and overseas or by other providers.
CUAbroad programs - Check these out first.  There are a number of academic, financial and other benefits associated with attending one of CUA's own programs and those offered by affiliated institutions.
Non-CUA programs.   Students wishing to participate in academic programs not affiliated with CUA - are required to follow CUA guidelines on how to participate. All non-CUA programs as well as a student's participation in such programs must be pre-approved by CUAbroad. Approval will not be granted retroactively. 
IMPORTANT! A student intending to study abroad through another institution in the same country and city where an existing CUA-sponsored or affiliated program is located must submit a written petitionexplaining the reasons why the non-CUA program is preferred to the existing CUA sponsored or affiliated program. Programs are given individual approval based on the following criteria: academic fit with the CUA curriculum and with the student's academic/cultural goals, and the quality of student support services. The petition must be addressed to the Director of Education Abroad. Students seeking individual approval are required also to meet with the Director of Education Abroad to discuss feasibility. There is no guarantee that the non-CUA program at the same location will be approved, but every effort will be made to find an appropriate program.
6. Meet with the Transfer Coordinator in the CUA School where you are pursuing a degree.
Discuss with the Transfer Coordinator how proposed courses will count toward your degree. 
 Complete the CUAbroad Credit Approval Form and CUAbroad Credit Approval Guidelines and make sure you secure all required signatures (departmental advisor, advising coordinator, Transfer Coordinator, CUAbroad).
7. Apply. 
Submit your CUA online application with all the required additional documentation as required by the particular program.   Typical application materials  include an official - sometimes unofficial - transcript, letter(s) of recommendation, copy of the information page of your passport, two passport photos, and a deposit. 
Submit all application materials well before the stated deadline. An application is not complete until all required materials are submitted. Most programs also require application fees at the time of application.
If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.