International Education

Study Abroad - Application Process Overview

Study abroad through Willamette-
Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017?

The Common Application for WU Sponsored Study Abroad for summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 is not yet available

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Step 1 (required!):

Attend a General Study Abroad Information Session. This is required. If you attended a Study Abroad Info Session last semester, still attend the General Study Abroad Information Session, some of the information has changed.

General Study Abroad Information Session (Required)

Fall 2015 Info Meeting Schedule


                on our UPCOMING EVENTS page


What will you learn?

Overview of how study abroad works at Willamette University

What is an Advising Appointment?

Types of programs


Basic application information

What to do before the session?

Get familiar with the OIE website

What should I bring?

Note taking materials

Step 2:

  • Explore the Office of International Education's
  • Research the selection criteria, how to apply, deadlines, the available programs, and the required IDS 102X Maximizing the Study Abroad Experience (.25) course.

Step 3:

Make an appointment to meet with an OIE Advisor. At this meeting you will talk about your specific needs and any questions you may have. To make an appointment please come to the OIE in person.

Step 4:

  • Meet with people!  
    • Meet with your academic advisor (faculty member) about your study abroad plans. You will need his/her endorsement on the Advisor Meeting Form for your application.
    • Think about who might complete your Faculty Recommendation, Personal Recommendation, and Language Assessment as well. You will need to meet with them to explain what you will need for your application.
      • Faculty - This will be someone who taught you in a class for credit at Willamette.
      • Personal - This will be a supervisor for a job, internship, or service learning project (paid or volunteer); coach, clergy person, performance director (theatre, concert, dance, etc.). This is not a friend, community mentor, family friend, or personal acquaintance. Ask us if you have questions.
      • Language Assessment - This will be someone from whom you have had language instruction at Willamette. It can't be the same person as your Faculty recommender. Only required for language programs

Step 5:

Inform your family and other loved-ones you are considering studying abroad and share all information with them.

Thinking about a short term study abroad program?

Summer Study Abroad Programs during the summer will be found on the OIE website: There will be a common application that applies to both summer and semester programs.

Why study abroad?

Although the number of students from the U.S. studying abroad grows each year, still about only 1% of college students spend a semester or year studying in another country. At Willamette, studying abroad is more common than the national trend, for the last five years around 50% of each graduating class has earned credit abroad. Still, it is important to note that studying abroad is an earned privilege, and only qualified students are selected for programs. Read the selection criteria and find out how to apply

There are multiple reasons why so many Willamette students study abroad; a few are outlined below.

The Ultimate Liberal Arts Experience

Many say the purpose of a liberal arts education is to teach students how to think and how to learn. Studying abroad allows you access to the next level of critical thinking as you take yourself outside of your comfort zone and expand beyond what you know.

In the classrooms abroad you will most likely encounter new or different styles of teaching and different expectations for your learning process. In adapting to these new styles you will not only learn the content of the course, but new ways of grasping knowledge and understanding.

While living abroad you will find yourself in situations that challenge the way you act and think. If you carefully navigate these intercultural interactions you will learn skills which will be applicable to your academic, professional and social life.

Language Acquisition

To immerse yourself in a language is one of the best and quickest way to learn. Whether you go abroad to start learning a language or to master one -  daily speaking, writing, and reading is guaranteed to improve your skills. 

Résumé Building

Many companies now rank international experience as something they desire in a great employee. There are many desirable qualities that studying abroad can help foster including problem solving skills, critical thinking, adaptability, intercultural communication skills, perseverance, foreign language fluency and many more.