If you are interested in studying abroad, you have come to the right place to learn everything you need to know. It is important for you to read through all of the information we have provided below and watch the recorded information session or participate in a live session before committing to an ENMU study abroad program.
Study Abroad Starting Out Checklist
First, you should define your academic and personal objectives as the top priority. While it’s easy to imagine that the best way to begin your program search is to decide on a location, it can be helpful to consider other factors first. If you begin by first determining what you want to gain from the experience, it can help you define the kind of program that best fits you. Some factors to consider are academics, language, duration, independence, location and career.
Watch our recorded information session or attend a live session. This is an important step in the study abroad process to learn more about different program options.
Research your study abroad options. You can experience student life in a variety of countries inside and outside North America. Here are just a few examples of countries where you can study:
- Hankuk University: Seoul, South Korea (English, Korean)
- Universidad de Sonora: Hermosillo, Mexico (Spanish)
- Mount Royal University: Calgary, Canada (English)
- Universidad Nacional de Quilmes: Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spanish)
- Universidad de Santiago de Chile: Santiago, Chile (Spanish)
- University of Potsdam: Potsdam, Germany (German, English)
- Universidad de Oviedo: Asturias, Spain (Spanish)
- MingDao University, Changhua, Taiwan (English, Mandarin)
Schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor by calling 575.562.4697 to discuss study abroad options, answer any questions and assist with completing the course approval process. Please note that you must attend or watch the recorded information session before scheduling a meeting with the advisor.
Meet with your Academic Advisor (not to be confused with your Study Abroad Advisor) to inform them of your intent to study abroad. It is important that you also discuss your plans for your returning semester.
Begin the study abroad application process through the Office of International Programs. You will need to submit the following application documents to the Office of International Programs:
Explore financial aid and scholarships.
- Apply for FAFSA
- Research scholarship and grant opportunities
- Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor (if necessary)
Revisit your study abroad application to ensure you are not missing any forms or information. If you are, you will need to complete these items now.
Apply for a passport. If you do not have a valid passport that will not expire while you are out of the country, you need to apply for your passport as soon as possible because the process can take up to six weeks.
Apply for a visa. Check with your Study Abroad Advisor to see if your program requires a visa. If you do need a visa, we recommend beginning the process 90 days before departure for your program. This process may involve multiple steps, so it is important to begin early
Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions
Who can study abroad?
Anyone can study abroad! Students of any class level and major or minor are eligible to go abroad.
When can students study abroad?
Students need to have completed 30 or more credit hours to study abroad. It can be difficult to study abroad the semester before you graduate, so remember to start planning early.
Do I have to take classes for my major?
No matter what classes you take when you study abroad, they will count as ENMU credits. This means you can take classes in your major, minor, or electives. Do not feel limited to only taking classes in one specific area.
What Credit will I earn when I go abroad?
This is different for every student. As part of the application process, you will complete a Course Approval Form to have your courses evaluated and ENMU equivalents determined before you go abroad.
Do I have to take classes while I am abroad?
While most of our options are traditional study abroad programs, we also offer internships and service learning opportunities.
How long can I study abroad?
ENMU offers programs for as short as one to two weeks up to an entire year and you can study abroad as many times as you want!
What is the minimum GPA requirement?
We have a standard 2.8 GPA requirement
Do I need to know a foreign language?
There are many opportunities to study abroad in English. Many countries offer a full program of study in English, even in non-English speaking countries.
Can I apply if I am a transfer student?
Yes, it is possible for transfer students to study abroad! Given the tight timeframe, it is essential that transfer students plan ahead.
When are applications due?
- Starting Summer or Fall Semester: March 15
- Starting Spring Semester: Oct. 15
Can I use Financial Aid to study abroad?
Yes. A student who is enrolled in an approved study abroad program for credit can be eligible for federal, state, and some institutional aid. Loans generally require a student to be enrolled for at least half time (6 hours for undergraduates and 4 hours for graduates) for their program and/or other hours.
How far in advance do I have to plan my study abroad
The earlier, the better! Study abroad planning takes time. It is not too early for freshmen to review their study abroad options with an advisor. Try to plan at least one year in advance for a semester program and 3-6 months in advance for a shorter program.
How do I make an appointment to talk about study abroad programs?
Call us at 575.562.4697