Vol. 9, August 2020

Over the past few months, we've made some changes to streamline the study abroad application process, while also giving our students greater flexibility. If you're thinking about signing up to study abroad, follow our step-by-step guide to make sure you don't miss a thing!

  1. Check out our website to learn more about each study abroad program. There you can see the classes being offered and the cost sheet, read student testimonials and watch videos of some of the programs. 
  2. Talk with your academic adviser about studying abroad. Let your adviser know that you're interested in studying abroad so they can help you avoid certain classes on the Searcy campus that you could take abroad instead (see step 1 for course offerings abroad). 
  3. Pick your program & sign up to study abroad! Now that you've worked studying abroad into your schedule, it's time to sign up. The application to study abroad is now online and can be found here on our website. The application does require a $500 application fee, but we have now made that refundable up until your first travel payment is due (see your program's cost sheet for exact dates).
  4. Change your mind, if you want to! We have a lot of great programs, so we understand if you change your mind and choose another study abroad location, or if you need to change when you're going abroad to better fit your schedule. Previously, transferring to a different program and/or time of year cost $50. Now, we have removed the transfer fee to give you greater flexibility and ease of mind with your decisions. The transfer form can be found here. If you need to cancel for any reason, receive a full refund if you cancel before your first travel payment is due. You can still cancel after that deadline, however, you may be liable for any expenses made in your name from that point on. 
  5. Apply for a passport or make sure your existing passport will still be valid. You will need a valid passport to study abroad. Obtaining or renewing a passport can take a couple of months, so you may want to start on it early. We will need a copy of your passport the semester before you plan to study abroad (we'll need it in the spring semester if you're studying abroad in the fall). If you already have a passport, make sure that it will be valid for at least six months after your study abroad program concludes, otherwise you will need to renew your passport. 
  6. Attend meetings. We will meet with your study abroad group the semester before you go abroad (fall programs will meet in the spring semester) to provide you with all the information you need. During this semester, you will be required to complete some tasks, such as submitting a copy of your passport and other information, as well as completing a Canvas course to prepare you for your semester abroad. 
  7. Pack. Christmas and birthdays are a great time to ask for anything you might want or need for your study abroad program. Perhaps you want a better camera or a new suitcase. Get everything you need and then...
  8. Embark on the semester of a lifetime! You will choose what airport you want to depart from and return to, likely the one closest to your hometown. Your group will meet at a large airport in the United States, like Atlanta or New York, and fly together internationally.
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Harding University International Programs

915 E Market Ave, Searcy
Arkansas 72149 United States