Navigate the Process

Welcome!  We are pleased that you are considering study abroad.  Here’s the general gist of how to plan for the process:

Step 1 - Explore.

  • Browse the OIP website and become familiar with the options – review the "key questions" worksheet to guide you through the many options and variables.
  • Attend OIP information sessions and the fall study abroad fair.

Step 2 - Define your experience. 

  • Determine when you want to study abroad - you can choose from year, semester and summer programs.
  • Prioritize locations that are important to you, and make sure you meet the pre-requisites (i.e. language requirements) for study in that country. 
  • Start narrowing down programs and meet with a study abroad advisor. 

Step 3 - Make it happen.

  • Familiarize yourself with relevant dates and deadlines for your program(s) of interest.
  • Meet with your concentration advisor to ensure that you are able to fulfill academic requirements.
  • Talk to your family about study abroad; keep parents and other supporters informed.
  • Apply!

Step 4 - Go Abroad.

  • Accept a spot on a program.
  • Follow the post-acceptance process provided by the OIP.
  • Pack your bags!


You should visit the OIP resource library, contact us with questions, and meet peer advisors who are Brown students that have already studied abroad.