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. Request an appointment (studyabroad@lander.edu) to meet with the Director of Study Abroad. Bring your completed form to this 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 must submit the 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. Discuss your regular financial aid (scholarships, loans, etc.) with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if any of it will not apply to study abroad. Discuss the availability of additional study abroad scholarship funds with the Director of Study Abroad.
  5. Discuss your plans with your friends. Maybe they would like to go abroad with you.
  6. Choose a program and begin the application process. Keep in constant touch with the Director of Study Abroad, who will assist you in meeting all deadlines for applications, payments, etc.
  7. If you are planning to study in the United Kingdom, print out and read How University Study in the UK is Different.
  8. Once you have made a decision to go abroad, apply for a passport if you do not already have one.
  9. 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.
  10. Print out and read Lander's Study Abroad legal document. Show this document to your parent or guardian.  If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign.  Fill out the Emergency Contacts form and return it to the Director of Study Abroad.
  11. Purchase appropriate insurance. Lander requires that semester-abroad students purchase medical and repatriation insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International through Lander's Study Abroad Office. The cost of the recommended insurance for students 25 or younger is $34/month. (This insurance is automatically included in the cost of every faculty-led study tour.) Click here for more information about this insurance.
  12. You must attend a pre-travel briefing session as scheduled by the Director of Study Abroad. Simply signing the forms and turning them in is not sufficient. Bring the Lander legal document and your passport to this briefing.
  13. Read appropriate sections of the Lander Study Abroad Handbook.
  14. Semester-abroad students should keep in touch with the Director of Study Abroad via email while abroad. Consider taking lots of photographs and writing an article for Lander's student paper when you return.

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. Request an appointment (studyabroad@lander.edu) to meet with the Director of Study Abroad. Bring your completed Preliminary Information Form to this meeting.
  3. Once you have made a decision to go abroad, apply for a passport if you do not already have one.
  4. Print out and read Brief Travel Tips. Go to the U. S. Department of State website and read the information mentioned in this document.
  5. Print out and read the Lander legal document. Show this document to your parent or guardian. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign.
  6. Purchase appropriate insurance. Lander requires that semester-abroad students purchase medical and repatriation insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International through Lander's Study Abroad Office. The cost of the recommended insurance for students 25 or younger is $31/month. (This insurance is automatically included in the cost of every faculty-led study tour.) Click here for more information about this insurance.
  7. You must attend a pre-travel briefing session as scheduled by the Director of Study Abroad. Simply signing the forms and turning them in is not sufficient. Bring the Lander legal document and your passport to this briefing.
  8. Read appropriate sections of the Lander Study Abroad Handbook.
  9. Semester-abroad students should keep in touch with the Director of Study Abroad via email while abroad. Consider taking lots of photographs and writing an article for Lander's student paper when you return.