Planning Guide

Want to expand your worldview, learn more about yourself, and enhance the value of your college degree all while earning academic credit? You've come to the right place! 

It is never too early to begin planning your study abroad experience. Review the five phases of Study Abroad below, and prepare yourself for a study abroad program that fits your academic needs and personal interests.


Set Personal & Academic Goals

Attend a Study Abroad 101 Session

Attend our Study Abroad Fair in September

Discover Programs

Meet with your Academic Advisor

Meet with a Study Abroad Program Advisor

Research Scholarship & Grants

Obtain or Renew your Passport, if applicable


Choose one Program

Start an Application

Submit the Transfer Course Review Form, If applicable (watch video)

Submit your application by the deadline - Spring deadline: October 2nd/Fall deadline: March 2nd

Determine Visa Requirements


Choose Courses - once accepted, follow the program instructions

Apply for Housing Abroad- once accepted, follow the program instructions

Attend Pre-Departure Orientations

Obtain your student visa, if applicable

Research Host Country/Culture

Book Flights

Cancel Your LMU Housing for the semester you will be abroad, if applicable

Understand housing applications and deadlines for the semester you are coming back to LMU, if applicable

Go Abroad!

Enjoy being Abroad

Send us a Post Card

Health & Safety While Abroad


Confirm Coursework

Overcome Reverse Culture Shock

Attend Lessons from Abroad

Leverage Study Abroad