It is best to start planning for study abroad about two semesters prior to departure. Applications are due the semester prior to study abroad  (i.e.  apply in early spring semester for fall study abroad or early fall for spring study abroad). Meeting with your academic advisor and a study abroad advisor can help you choose a program that will be a good fit for you.

If your major has a very structured list of courses that you must follow sequentially in Fall and Spring, a summer short-term program may be a better choice. Also decide if you plan to study all courses in English, do an immersion program in a second language, or study courses in both English and a second language.


Please carefully read the instructions for applying for a study abroad program.  If at anytime you have questions about applying for study abroad, please contact our office.

  • ISEP Deadlines for Academic Year/Fall study abroad: February 1 priority deadline—additional applications are accepted all year on a first come first serve basis

  • ISEP priority deadline for Spring study abroad: August 22

October 1 for Spring (unless otherwise noted)

March 1 for Academic year/Fall (unless otherwise noted)

NOTE: Study Abroad will not review any application until a complete application is received. 

Acceptance/Next Steps

  • Student will be notified about acceptance within 2-3 weeks of sumbmitting a completed USU study abroad application.  

  • Once accepted, you will be advised about next steps.  For most programs you will be required to submit a partner program application.  Requirements for partner program application vary depending on the placement.

  • USU Study abroad will send your application to ISEP or the specific partner school for confirmation of acceptance and placement.

  • Students should hold off on making any travel arrangements until an official acceptance letter from the partner institution is received.

  • Final acceptance from the partner school is usually received 4-6 weeks after the application is received by the institution.

  • Students should RSVP for a pre-departure session and check their email for an invitation to CANVAS for the on-line pre-departure materials.