Student Information

Spending a Semester Abroad

  1. Review the information on this website and linked web pages
  2. Print and fill out the Semester Abroad Preliminary Information Form. Make an appointment to meet with the Director of Study Abroad (cmentley@lander.edu). Bring your completed form to this meeting, or send it via email before the meeting.
  3. Make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your study abroad plans. Your advisor can assist you in choosing the courses that will readily transfer back to Lander University. You will need to submit a Transfer of International Credit Form to the Office of the Registrar before you go abroad.
  4. Discuss your plans and the extra costs involved with your parents.
  5. Discuss your regular financial aid (scholarships, loans, etc.) with the Office of Financial Aid to confirm that it will all apply to study abroad. Discuss the availability of additional study abroad scholarship funds with the Director of Study Abroad.
  6. Talk about your plans with your friends. Maybe they would be interested in going abroad with you.
  7. Choose a program and begin the application process. Familiarize yourself with the deadlines for your application and for payments—especially the initial deposit.
  8. Once you have made a decision to go abroad, apply for a passport if you do not already have one.
  9. If you are planning to study in the United Kingdom, print out and read How University Study in the UK is Different.
  10. Browse through the Study Abroad Handbook and bring any questions to the Director of Study Abroad. It is a long document and too much to digest in one sitting. Go back later and browse through it again.
  11. Print out and read Lander's Study Abroad legal document. Review this document to your parent or guardian, but do not sign it yet. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign it.
  12. Purchase appropriate travel insurance. Lander requires that semester-abroad students purchase emergency medical and repatriation insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International. Click here for more information about this insurance.
  13. Verify if you will need to obtain a visa for your stay overseas. If so, begin the application process.
  14. With the Director of Study Abroad, research flight schedules and prices.
  15. Attend a pre-travel briefing scheduled by the Director of Study Abroad. (Simply signing the legal documents and turning them in is not sufficient.) Bring the Lander legal documents and your passport to this briefing. Fill out the Emergency Contacts form and bring it as well.
  16. Contact your bank and let them know that you will be using your credit / debit card overseas.
  17. Semester-abroad students should keep in touch with the Director of Study Abroad via email while abroad.

Participating in a Faculty-led Study Tour

  1. Review the information on this website and linked web pages.
  2. Print and fill out the Study Abroad Preliminary Information Form. Make an appointment to meet with the Director of Study Abroad (cmentley@lander.edu). Bring your completed form to this meeting, or send it via email before the meeting.
  3. Choose a program and begin the application process. Familiarize yourself with the deadlines for your application and for payments—especially the initial deposit.
  4. Apply for a passport if you do not already have one.
  5. Print out and read Brief Travel Tips. Go to the US Department of State website and read the information mentioned in this document.
  6. Print out and read the Lander legal document. Review this document to your parent or guardian, but do not sign it yet. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign it.
  7. Fees for Study Tours include the cost of medical and repatriation insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International. Click here for more information about this insurance.
  8. Attend a pre-travel briefing scheduled by the Director of Study Abroad. (Simply signing the legal documents and turning them in is not sufficient.) Bring the Lander legal documents and your passport to this briefing. Fill out the Emergency Contacts form and bring it as well.
  9. Read applicable sections of the Lander Study Abroad Handbook.
  10. Contact your bank and let them know that you will be using your credit / debit card overseas.