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Semester Abroad Application

Complete the Semester Abroad Online Application

Log in using your FIT username and password. Select "Search Programs" or scroll down to locate and apply to the program you are applying for. 

NOTE: Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please be aware of the following requirements in the online application. 

Provide a Motivational Statement 

In a minimum of 250 words, explain why you want to study abroad, your academic and personal expectations, and your ability to adapt and appreciate new cultural experiences. The motivational statement may be written directly in the online application, or uploaded as a word document. 

Secure Faculty References

Request (2) faculty references: one from a professor in your major area and the other from an FIT Liberal Arts professor with whom you have taken a class. You will submit the recommenders' names and email addresses in the online application. The faculty members you have named will receive an email request, and you will receive an automated email when your recommendation has been completed. 

DARS

Upload the printer-friendly version of your current degree audit (DARS) generated from the MyFIT portal. Please save your DARS as a pdf or copy and paste into a word document before uploading it. 

NOTE: Please be sure that your documents have been uploaded correctly. The OIP will contact you if there are problems with your uploads. You should check the "Application and Registration Information" area of the application to confirm that your documents were received. Please be aware that the department will be unable to consider your application until all materials, including recommendations, are received. 

Arrange an Interview and Study Abroad Advisement (see exceptions that follow)

Once your application is complete, you will be emailed to set up an interview and study abroad advisement with your departmentís Study Abroad Advisor or Chairperson. During the interview, your candidacy for participation in the study abroad program will be assessed and you will receive advisement about major and/or related area courses that are required to be completed abroad.

Exceptions for Graphic/Ad Design and Fine Arts Students
In lieu of an interview your department will review your portfolio and forward your recommendation for participation in study abroad and the study abroad advisement form directly to the OIP.

Liberal Arts
If you will be completing Liberal Arts courses abroad you must see each designated Liberal Arts Chair to obtain approval for transfer credit for each Liberal Arts course taken abroad.

What to Bring to the interview (if required)
Bring your most recent and "printer-friendly" DARS audit to this meeting as well as the Study Abroad Advisement Plan.

Requirements and Responsibilities
You will be required to complete an equivalent of 12 credit hours minimum per semester while abroad and make sufficient progress toward the completion of your degree. Failure to do so may result in the loss of certain kinds of Financial Aid. You should clarify these conditions with your Financial Aid Counselor.

Financial Aid

Ensure that you have filed a FAFSA for the academic year that you plan to study abroad.  For those students applying for Financial Aid, an estimate of your expected study abroad expenses will be forwarded by OIP to the Office of Financial Aid so that your award can be calculated according to your increased costs.

Accept or Decline the Offer to Participate in Study Abroad

On the recommendation of your department you will be notified by the OIP via email that you have been approved for participation in the study abroad program. Log in to your Study Abroad application to accept or decline this offer. When you accept the offer to participate, you will need to complete the Post-Acceptance part of the application.

Application to the Host Institution
You will need to apply to and be officially accepted by the host institution. OIP will email you the host school's application which is to be completed and returned to the OIP. Your application with the list of courses you plan to take will be sent to the host school. The OIP will be notified as to your acceptance by the host school and notify you of next steps-instructions for housing, visa (if required) and arrival. It will be your responsibility to follow up on these matters.

Commitment to Study Abroad
Once you have committed to your study abroad program, the Registrar will be notified so that you can maintain your matriculation as a study abroad student. In addition, you need to be aware that charges will be posted on your account according to your status as a participating student in a Reciprocal or Non-Reciprocal Exchange Program. These charges for tuition and/or program fees will depend on the type of collaboration FIT has with the host school. The OIP website defines the different options available. Please understand that by accepting this offer you will be responsible for any funds that FIT has forwarded to the host institution on your behalf.

Program withdrawal

Should circumstances require that you withdraw from the program please review the withdrawal policy very carefully.
 
Release Forms, Visa for Study and Pre-departure Orientation
 

You will be required to sign and submit the Release forms, secure a visa for study and attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting.

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