Starting the process of studying abroad can be intimidating. Everyone's needs and interests are different. While browsing through our program options, think of the following questions to get you started:
The “advising” phase is the first step in applying to study abroad, and should be opened as soon as you start exploring program options. Students are encouraged to open and complete the “advising” phase of the application at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for the term they wish to study abroad. It is used to keep track of your interests, preferences, and goals for study abroad, enroll in Abroad 101, and learn what to expect from your eventual program application.
The “pre-decision” phase is the part of the application on which you are reviewed for program acceptance. In addition to the SMU Abroad application, you may be asked to submit information directly to our partner providers. It is your responsibility to ensure that these materials are completed by their specified due dates.
Upon being accepted, your application will then enter the “post-decision” phase, where you will make your commitment fee payment(s). You will also be asked to upload more information and review and sign documents.
Applicants must complete all application elements by 11:59 PM CST* on the application deadline.
SMU Abroad staff will send important communication to SMU email accounts only. We expect that you will check your SMU email account at least twice a week both before and during your abroad program. You are responsible for following any directions communicated through your SMU email.
Professional Courtesy Expectations
Please note that most advisors maintain regular office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday during regular business operations). Inquiries made outside of these hours cannot be guaranteed an immediate response.