First Steps

What students say:

 I initially intended to have the [study abroad] experience just to add a few more interesting lines on my resume, but it was so much more. I learned about myself and what place I have in this world and how much access I have to a previously seemingly-unattainable world. 

 For anyone on the fence about studying abroad: just do it. Have an open mind and an optimistic point of view, and you will soon modify your entire life. 

Attending a First Steps Advising Session

First steps advising sessions are mandatory for all study abroad applicants as a starting point for the application process. The presentation will review how to select a program that aligns with your academic, personal, and professional goals, the application and course approval process, financial aid policies, and scholarship opportunities.

  1. Attend a first steps online:
    • First steps advising sessions online will begin in April 2020. Please watch the full duration of this video. Upon completion of the video you will be prompted to fill-out a first steps intake form. Please email this form to sao@uic.edu. We will only be able to confirm that you have completed a first steps session if we receive this form.

  2. Attend a first steps in person:
    • Sessions are held in the Study Abroad Resource room (502 UH) on the schedule below. The maximum seating is 20 people per session on a first come – first served basis. The presentation will start on time. Late arrivals will be asked to come to another session.

In Person First Steps Will Begin August 2020

The presentation will start on time. Late arrivals will have to come to another session.

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
2:00pm 12:30pm 11:00am & 2:00pm 12:30pm 11:00am

If you have completed a First Steps Session already call the Study Abroad Office at 312-413-7662 to meet with a Study Abroad advisor for:

  1. Advising appointment if you:
    • are planning on going abroad in Spring 2021 and have selected your program;

  2. Consultation appointment if you:
    • are planning on going abroad in Spring 2021 but need guidance in selecting the best program/location for your needs.

  3. Walk-in appointments also are available on Tuesdays from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm if you:
    • are planning on going abroad in Spring 2021 but need guidance in selecting the best program/location for your needs.

To be eligible for Study Abroad registration, financial aid, and scholarships DO NOT apply to any program without first meeting with a Study Abroad adviser.

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