Preparing for Study Abroad

Start Planning Your Semester Abroad Right Here!

While a successful education adventure abroad is built on the dedication and guidance of our team, it is your efforts that set this amazing experience into motion.

Preparing to study abroad isn't difficult, but there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you get started, and a few other people you should share your thoughts with first.

Do Your Homework  

Gather as much information as possible and as early as you can. Do this by having conversations with the right people.

Make sure you talk to:

  • your family and/or trusted mentors about cost, to find out if they have any concerns, etc.
  • your academic advisor to find out about the courses you need to take, how study abroad will fit into your academic calendar.
  • your campus study abroad office about options and how the process works with your school.
  • other students that have gone abroad to hear their stories about what they loved and what they wish they had done differently.
  • your financial aid office to find out about your financial options and how you can get your financial aid to transfer.
  • your CAPA Admissions Advisors and work with them to figure out which program is the best fit for you and ask any questions you may have about the program.
Speak with an Admissions Advisor  

Our team of Admissions Advisors is here to support you as you discover what program fits your study abroad goals. They are here to discuss program location, terms, courses, the study abroad experience, the application process, and more! Schedule a call with an admissions advisor to get started!

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Choose Your Courses  

Figure out which courses you still need to take to graduate on time. In addition to courses, you can also select to do an internship.

Choose the Location, Term, and Year  

Research and read about the CAPA locations that interest you to figure out which would be the best fit for you. This will help you identify the type of experience you are looking to have and the program that has the courses and/or internship opportunity you need.


Start your application online and work with a CAPA Admissions Advisor to submit all supporting documents. If you add an internship, you will also fill out the internship application and send in additional documents. Each program has a rolling application with its own deadline. Check the program details for deadlines.

To apply for our programs, you must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the United States. (Students enrolled in an institution in Canada or Mexico are eligible if the home institution accepts a US transcript and credits).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale).*
  • Be the equivalent of at least a 2nd-semester Sophomore (strongly recommended).
  • Submit your completed application along with supporting documents and your deposit by the program deadline. 
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with your home institution. 

*Students with a GPA below the requirement may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Schedule a call with an admissions advisor to learn more:

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Pay the Program Fee  

Paying the program fee will secure your spot on the program.

Work with a CAPA Program Manager  

Once you start your application, you will hear from your assigned CAPA Program Manager with next steps. Our advisors can answer any questions you might have and will guide you through the application process.

The team will advise you on program logistics, flights, packing, travel concerns, and any other questions you might have. They will be your point of contact before and during your time abroad.

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