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Getting Started

Getting Started

Taking the First Steps 

BROWSE PROGRAMS: Take a look around the SMU Abroad website.  This will give you some background information on study abroad and is a good first step to finding the right program. Explore your Summer Program options or browse Semester Programs.

CHECK OUT OUR FAQS: You will likely have many questions as you browse your options and begin the study abroad process. Our FAQS are a great place to start finding answers. 

TALK TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE STUDIED ABROAD: Peer Advisers are students who have studied abroad, have been trained to help you with your program search, and work on projects year-round to get more Mustangs Abroad. They're excited to speak to you!  These students are also a part of a larger group of SMU Abroad Ambassadors, students who have studied abroad and can talk to you about their experiences on particular programs.

New! VIEW STUDENT BLOGS:  Explore the resources SMU-in-Spain alumna Alexandra compiled for students interested in study abroad, keep up with Ashley who is currently in Copenhagen, or check out the awesome photos from Tyrell's time in Morocco.  View the students' blogs here.

TALK WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISER: The earlier in your college career you start planning, the better. You and your academic adviser can decide together when would be the best time to go and what courses to take during that term.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A SMU ABROAD PROGRAM SPECIALIST: Once you have completed your initial research, narrowed down your program choices, and discussed the term you will go abroad and/or the requirements you need to fulfill for graduation, study abroad program specialists are available to discuss your options in greater detail.  Please complete the Pre-Advising Worksheet to make an appointment.

RESEARCH FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Meet with your Financial Aid Adviser to find out if your aid package is applicable to your program abroad. Pursue other financial opportunities. Feel free to reach out to Cori Hill, SMU Abroad Program Specialist, for more information about funding your program.

GET FEEDBACK FROM YOUR PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Discuss with them the programs you are considering, share your research, and be sure to talk about costs and financial need.