Becoming a Roamin' Redbird is the opportunity of a lifetime. Follow the steps below to choose your program, apply, and begin your adventure!
Step 1: Attend a First Steps session to learn how to navigate the study abroad website, explore program opportunities, classes, budgets, and learn how to start an application.
Step 2: Explore program offerings using our Getting Started and Choosing a Program pages. Look at your plan of study to see what classes you have available to take abroad. Narrow your options down to your top two or three programs.
Once you have attended First Steps, make an appointment to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor. Appointments can be made by calling our main office: (309) 438-5276.
Interested in hearing about another student's experience? Check out the Get Involved page for information on connecting with alumni, video correspondents, and peer advising hours.
Step 3: Select your program of interest in the My Study Abroad portal and click 'Apply Now' to access the application forms.
Please note: You are required to choose one program per term. Applying to multiple programs per term is prohibited. If you have started an application and would like to change the program you are applying to, please contact our office and we can switch your program manually.
Step 4: If a program is faculty directed, meet with the Faculty Director (contact information can be found on the program specific page).
Step 5: Meet with your Academic Advisor and complete an Academic Planning Form.
Step 6: If you currently receive Financial Aid, meet with Financial Aid counselor, Shawn Rigsby, to determine how your aid will be applied to your Study Abroad program.
If you receive College Illinois, contact Mark Schoop in Student Accounts to determine how your College Illinois will apply to Study Abroad.
Step 7: It is highly recommended to discuss anticipated program costs with parents, guardians, or other financial supporters of your study abroad experience (if applicable).
Step 8: Apply for Study Abroad scholarships. Opportunities range widely and can be based on a number of different qualifiers, some of which may include: GPA, need-based, demographics, first-generation, major or minor specific, study abroad destination, etc. Please take the time to explore these scholarships.
Step 9: To confirm your acceptance, complete all Post-Decision/Enrollment Forms in the My Study Abroad portal prior to the Enrollment Forms Collection due date listed in your acceptance letter. These documents are specific to the program in which you are applying.
Step 10: Students are expected to participate in the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation program consisting of three parts: reviewing the Pre-Departure Guidebook, completing an online orientation by watching modules and taking the corresponding quizzes through ReggieNet, and attending an in-person Send Off where students are able to meet other participants from their program, as well as those studying abroad to all locations during the same term.
Step 11: If you have not already done so, meet with your Academic Advisor and complete an Academic Planning Form.