Now that you’ve gotten started and are accepted to a program, this section of the website will guide you through next steps and give you some guidance and resources as you prepare to depart.

It may seem overwhelming now, but remember you can always reach out to Study Abroad staff to ask questions or get assistance and advice. If you have a lot of questions or a want to have a longer meeting, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with your Study Abroad advisor. To do so, email study.abroad@valpo.edu, call 219.464.5333, or stop in.

Post-Acceptance

What happens once you’re accepted? Below is some information on the post-acceptance process. For specific program process information, be sure to read all materials in your online application and in any emails or handouts our staff gives you.

Acceptance Email

Your acceptance email will be your indicator that you have been formally invited to participate in the program by Valpo (note that for some programs, such as exchanges, you must also receive formal acceptance from the host institution). This email will also contain important information on any next steps, items to be completed, important deadlines, and specific orientation information. Be sure to read it carefully and ask any questions you have.

Online Application

The first thing you will do once you receive your acceptance email is follow the instructions to confirm your participation in the program. This is done by logging back into your application and pushing the “Commit” button. Please note that this indicates you have committed to participate. It also indicates financial responsibility for the program, as the office may be paying for some program-related expenses on your behalf prior to the payments you make to your student account. Should you choose to withdraw from the program after hitting Commit, the office will make every effort to get refunds, but you will ultimately be responsible for any nonrecoverable costs.

Additional Materials Collected Post-Acceptance

Once you commit your participation, you will see more materials listed in your online application for you to complete. Many of these will be listed and detailed in your acceptance email as well. These items, such as emergency contact information or an application requested by your host school or program provider, are often very important as we prepare students to go abroad, and it is important that students pay attention to deadlines so we can continue to support the group as a whole. Not completing these items may jeopardize your participation in the program. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to your program advisor.

Orientation

All students who study abroad are required to attend pre-departure orientation. There will be two general orientation sessions as a large group and at least one site-specific orientation for information pertaining to your particular location/program. Topics are comprehensive, including academics and enrollment, health and safety, culture shock, and more. Not attending orientation may jeopardize a student’s participation in Study Abroad.

Apply to Become a Blogger for Study Abroad

Each semester, OIP Study Abroad seeks current study abroad students to contribute to our Study Abroad Blog. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a blogger, please contact Nicole Hughes (nicole.hughes@valpo.edu).

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