Planning Study Abroad

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Your Guide for the Trip of a Lifetime

You’ve heard the stories … now it’s time to plan your own.  

A successful study abroad journey begins with an organized itinerary. You’ll need to have an idea of where you’re going, when you’ll travel, what you’ll study, and what you want to see. Mapping out these basics will prepare you for the exciting adventure to come!  

To help you get started, our itinerary planner covers everything you’ll need to consider. From beginning your application to applying for financial aid, we’ve got your back every step of the way!

Steps for Study Abroad Success

Step 1: Map out your Journey (Now)


Step 2: Get Expert Guidance to Chart Your Course (9 – 12 Months in Advance)

  • Schedule time(s) to meet with your school’s study abroad office (if applicable) to get direct one-on-one support planning your journey. (Each school handles study abroad differently, so check in with your school to see how they manage study abroad.) 
  • Meet with your academic advisor to ensure your study abroad plan aligns with your academic goals, graduation plans, and overall career path. 
  • Begin chatting with your parent(s)/guardian(s) about your study abroad dreams. If you’re not sure how to talk to your parents about study abroad, use our suggestions.   
  • Connect with a CIEE Admission Advisor to sort through your options at CIEE. Our advisors can even help you start your application!


Step 3: Take Action Before You Take Flight (6 – 9 Months in Advance)


Step 4: Bon Voyage!

  • Share your experiences abroad with us on social media so we can follow your journey. Use #CIEEStudyAbroad on all posts, too!