Steps to take for studying abroad

See also Study Abroad - Global Programs

Studying abroad is a big decision. Here are seven steps to take as you consider the possibilities, apply and actually study abroad.

Step 1 - Collect information

Here's a start on some questions to ask as you consider studying abroad:

  • Where do I want to go? An English-speaking country or a country where I can study another language?
  • When do I want to go and for how long?
  • What do I want to study?
  • Can I get academic credit? Do I need credit?
  • Will I still be able to graduate in four years?
  • Can I afford to study abroad? How will this affect my financial aid?

Chris Dixon, Director of Study Abroad and International Exchanges is available to help you throughout the process. You may contact Chris by emailing him at or calling him at 812-877-8460.  In addition, some faculty and staff, including but not limited to those listed below, have information about specific programs.

Spanish-speaking countries

University of Stuttgart, Otto von Guericke University, or University of Magdeburg, Germany

Ulm, Germany for classes taught in English


Step 2 - Talk to your academic advisor

Inform your academic advisor of your plans to study abroad. Determine the optimal time to be away from your Rose-Hulman program and which courses you may take elsewhere.

Step 3 - Talk to your parents

Talk to your parents BEFORE applying to a program. Be sure you understand all the expenses in order to give them an accurate idea of the costs.

Step 4 - Meeting

Meet with Chris Dixon, Director of Study Abroad and International Exchanges in the Office of Global Programs.

Step 5 - Choose a program

Determine the deadlines for the program you're interested in and then collect required documents so you can submit your application.

Step 6 - Talk to Financial Aid

You need to talk to Director of Financial Aid Melinda Middleton before or immediately after applying to a program to see how studying abroad will affect your financial aid. You may be able to use federal aid during your study-abroad experience depending on the host school. Note, however, that you may not use any institutional or state aid during your study abroad; aid allotted for the term or terms you study abroad will be forfeited. If you have been awarded an outside scholarship, you will need to check with the donor to see if you can use the scholarship for studying abroad.

You may be eligible for a special scholarship:

Step 7 - Complete Rose-Hulman forms

There are four important documents that you must provide to the office to make your study-abroad plans official. If you do not complete this step, you will be dropped from the Rose-Hulman system!

  • Provide a copy of your acceptance letter.
  • Complete a Transfer of Credit form for the registrar.
  • Sign and complete the Waiver of Liability form.
  • Provide a copy of proof of health insurance coverage.

Step 8 - Rose-Hulman things to do while you're studying abroad

Don't forget that you'll still be a Rose-Hulman student when you return. That means you will need to register for classes and reserve on-campus housing the same time you normally would preceding an academic quarter.