Each participant will sign and return an acceptance form specific to the program for which they are accepted which lists the program fee, program dates, payment due dates, dates of insurance coverage, and what is included/not included in the program fee. A sample acceptance form is provided HERE.
Advance Credit Approval
Each participant will complete an advance credit approval form with their appropriate USU academic advisor, before the start dates of their program. This form should be returned to USU Study Abroad and will be used to assist academic advisor(s) with the articulation of the classes/grades/credits after the study abroad program is completed.
Advance Credit Approval Form
USU International Travel Insurance Application
This form must be completed before the program begins and returned to Study Abroad. An additional form should be completed and returned to Risk Management IF a participant is requesting additional personal travel insurance coverage ( maximum 7 days allowed at the program rate) for international travel after the program dates.International Travel Insurance Application Form
Orientation and Canvas
Each participant is required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation organized by USU Study Abroad in a semester prior to the study abroad term. Participants will be notified of the dates for these group activities. It is also likely that most faculty-led programs will organize additional group meetings in preparation for the study abroad program.
Faculty leaders or Study Abroad staff will be able to sign on as instructors, send announcements, email the group, etc. Participants can also send announcements. Announcements might include travel directions, requests for travel companions, sharing a good airfare site, etc. In addition, participants will be able to access links for the following sites with pertinent information:US State Department country information, the Center for Disease Control (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/step.html), and SOS (http://www.usu.edu/riskmgt/other/international.cfm).
For information about how to order your U.S.A. passport, click here.
For visa information, click here.
It is important to make sure that you are both physically and mentally prepared for your study abroad experience. Study abroad is an exciting experience with memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Traveling to a different culture, where you will experience a new environment, lifestyle, different foods, and perspectives, can be stressful. Below are guidelines to help you prepare for your experience so you are able to enjoy your study abroad program to the fullest.
Personal Health Information/Health Insurance
Utah State University has contracted with a private medical insurance provider and International SOS (SOS) to provide medical and/or travel assistance services for the university community traveling abroad on university business or sponsored activities. The private medical company provides standard medical insurance coverage while abroad and SOS provides security and medical evacuation services, and a variety of online health, safety, and security resources. (NOTE: ISEP, ISA/GlobaLinks and most other program providers will provide students with a comprehensive insurance plan, in place of the USU medical insurance provider/SOS plan). Identify your needs Understand—and communicate—any health requirements you have before finalizing your abroad program plans and/or housing arrangements. This means allergies, dietary requirements, disabilities, and any other medical or educational assistance. Students who require special services study abroad successfully all the time, though resources and services for people with special needs vary widely by country and region. If you have been using services here at home to address those needs, make sure you understand ahead of time exactly what assistance can or will be available. In some cases, your needs may determine which program is suitable for you.
Ask questions, get answers
It is important to educate yourself on health-related matters about your host country. For example, what is the closest modern medical facility with English speaking staff? Is the tap water safe to drink? Should I be concerned with food safety? What are the host countries laws concerning importing medications and prescription drugs? To find the answer to these questions, you can check out the following links.