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Watch Explore Study Away 101

*A 15-minute pre-recorded session that provides an overview of study-away program types, finances, credit, and the advising and application process. It is a required first step on your journey off campus:


 
 

Study Away Advising Process

 


We are excited for you to begin your journey!


The Global Learning team is here to guide you through the study away process.

 
 
 


Many students know they want to study away but are not quite sure when, where, what, or how to study off-campus.


Off-campus study is possible for every Concordia student, but it requires planning ahead. We encourage you to visit with Global Learning as early as possible.

 

Advising

Global Learning has knowledgeable staff to advise and assist you in whatever planning stage you are currently in:
  • (Peer) Advising 101 - Please make use of the Explore Checklist to get started. Advising 101 is to help guide you as you start narrowing down options to find a good fit. This is for students uncertain where to go and looking to get started on the journey.
  • Advising 102 - For students who are interested in learning more about specific countries or programs.
  • Advising 103 - For students with questions about one or more specific programs.
  • Application Advising - For specific questions on the application or regarding visas, travel logistics, finances, credit, etc.
  • Pre-Departure Advising - For students preparing for departure.
Another great starting point for study away advising is to meet with a Global Learning Peer Advisor. Peer Advisors are current Concordia students who have studied off-campus or are knowledgeable about study away programs and can be a peer-to-peer advisor. Peer Advisors can help with general and process-oriented questions, and can offer a student-to-student perspective.

After watching the Study Away 101 video, completing the Explore Checklist, and meeting with a peer advisor, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Study Away Advisor, Parker Pflaum, Assistant Director of Study Away, who has many decades experience living abroad and working in study away and higher education settings. Advisor appointments are best for questions that cannot be addressed by a peer adviser, like financial questions, academic planning, specific programmatic questions, and matters of personal identity.

Drop-In Advising Hour

Drop-In Advising ensures students can speak with someone from the Global Learning office in a casual way – no appointment needed! Drop-In advising is a great way to learn more and ask questions. Talk with a peer advisor or Study Away Advisor Parker Pflaum about program options, academics, the application process, and more during weekly drop-in advising hours.

When:    (Every) Monday, 4:00-5:00pm &
               (Every) Wednesday, 9:00-10:00am during the academic year (not including holidays).
Where:   Global Learning Office, Lorentzsen 120.
How:       You just show up!

Explore programs

Your off-campus journey also begins with exploring the study away opportunities open to you. You can begin by researching different regions, countries, and locations, program details and features, academic fit, prices, and much else. You should also utilize your academic advisor to understand degree requirements, choose the best time to go off-campus, and make sure you are completing your graduation requirements.

Please visit the Concordia College Study Away YouTube page to see recorded information sessions on various programs.

Study away portal

Your study away (application) portal is designed to assist you through all stages of your study away process— exploration, application, and return (called Pre-Decision, Post-Decision, Abroad, and Returnee). Explore locations, program options, FAQs, estimated expenses, and more. Once you have selected a program, you will use the portal’s “Apply Now” button to open and complete your application. You can also find an Apply Now button near the top of program brochure pages. While away, you can report incidents, notify us of independent travel, and find resources relevant to your time abroad. When you return you will find a section with information relevant to you after study away.

Ask for advisement


In addition to Global Learning staff, you can also speak with Faculty Leaders, global ambassadors, and faculty ambassadors.

If you want to learn more about Interim (Break) Programs or May Programs, the primary advising will be with the Faculty Leader(s). With these programs, you are able to start an application without having an advising appointment. Upon acceptance to the program, you will have group advising meetings led by the Faculty Leader(s).

Solo (Summer) Seminars are available for a variety of types of programs over summer term including internship, study away and abroad, volunteer, teach, and research opportunities.

Should you prefer a Semester or Academic-Year Program you are required to meet with our advising staff. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you and ensure programmatic fit. You can start an application, but cannot submit the application until you have fulfilled the advising requirement. Appointments are required for these meetings.

Schedule an appointment

 

Application


Your application for study away is accessible at global.cord.edu. To begin an application:
  1. search for your program
  2. use the “Apply Now” button on the program page
  3. login using your Concordia username and password
  4. enter required personal information
  5. complete the required information by the program deadline
You can access your application anytime at global.cord.edu

Application decisions are sent via email approximately 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

After acceptance, you will have more items to complete on your portal, so it is important for students to check your portal regularly.


 
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