Step-by-Step Guide

Learn the Basics

Step 1: Learn the Basics

Get to know the basics of study abroad by attending a First Step Meeting or contacting the Padnos International Center. Walk-in advising sessions are welcome - no appointment necessary! 

Walk-In Advising Hours
130 Lake Ontario Hall
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
Hours are extended to 7pm on Wednesdays during the Fall/Winter semester

Can't make it to a meeting? Watch the online version of the First Step Meeting. 

Browse Programs

Step 2: Browse Programs

Explore your program options! Students can use the GVSU Program Search to find programs based on location, program type, subjects offered and more.

Remember, GVSU students may also choose to participate in a Non-GVSU Program

During your search, keep in mind that there is a wide range of study abroad options. Program length ranges from 2 weeks to a full year abroad. Some programs will allow you to travel in a group and others will be more independent. There are program options in every region of the world. Review the Program Types and How to Choose a Program sections for guidance on what to look for in a study abroad program. 

Research Funding

Step 3: Research Funding

Study abroad costs vary depending on the program a student selects. While some programs are more expensive, the majority of programs are similar to what you would spend at GVSU and some may even be less. There are 15 GVSU programs that may save a student money when compared to the cost of a semester at GVSU. 

Any Financial Aid a student receives at GVSU can be applied their study abroad program. There are many different scholarships to help students fund study abroad; check out the Scholarships-At-A-Glance packet or visit the Scholarships page on our website to get started.  Study abroad advisers are happy to work with students to make a budget plan. 

To learn more about funding study abroad, students can attend a Funding 101 Workshop. Check the Events Calendar for an up-to-date schedule.


Step 4: Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser

Study abroad advisers are available to help students before, during and after their study abroad experience. Walk-ins are welcome - no appointment necessary!

Visit the Padnos International Center for advising. Study abroad advisers are also available to answer questions via email at

Step 5: Apply Online

All GVSU students who study abroad are required to apply online through OASIS, including students who choose to participate in a non-GVSU program. This is necessary for you to maintain your GVSU student status, earn credits toward your GVSU degree and have access to your GVSU Financial Aid package.

Watch this video for details on how to apply through OASIS. 


Step 6: Before You Go

Your next steps will be based on what type of program you are participating in. We recommend referencing the following checklist:


Additional Information

Additional Information

Non-GVSU Students: 
Students who are not from GVSU are welcome to apply to GVSU faculty-led programs. Please view information for Non-GVSU Students 

Travel Warnings: 
If you are interested in studying abroad in a country that is on the U.S. Travel Warning List, there is an additional appeal process. Please check out PIC's Travel Warning Policy for more information.

Page last modified November 3, 2017