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Office of Study Abroad

Prepare for Departure 

Please keep in mind that a majority of this information applies to our semester study abroad students. Students participating in spring break and summer programs will receive a majority of their information from their program directors and the Study Abroad Office directly. 

Academic Considerations

For students studying on Citadel semester programs:

  • You will be registered in a Citadel course placeholder
  • You must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at your host institution
  • Make sure to pay any fees on your Citadel e-Bill account prior to departure
  • Discuss your course selection and schedule with your academic advisor for the semester you return home

For students studying on independent programs:

  • Please pay your program fee to your provider
  • You must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at your host institution
  • Complete your Transient Permission Form; The Office of Study Abroad is more than happy to help you if you have any questions 
  • Update the Citadel's Office of Study Abroad, International, and Domestic Programs with any new course approvals
  • Discuss your course selection and schedule with your academic advisor for the semester you return home

General

  • Be sure that your passport will be valid six months after returning from your term abroad. If not, apply for a new passport now - Passport Resources can be found in the "Plan for Study Abroad" section of this page
  • If you are on a Citadel program, your Citadel study abroad program advisor will inform you about your program's visa requirements
  • If you are on an independent program, you will need to research visa requirements and take the necessary steps to obtain one; your program advisor through your third-party provider is a great resource for this as well 
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the State Department 
  • Research your host country for current events, government figures, currency, and culture
  • Gather copies of the following information into two files, and leave one copy of this information with someone at home: 
    • Airline tickets
    • 2 copies of passport and visa (email a copy to yourself)
    • Driver's license
    • Blood type
    • Eyeglass prescription
    • Credit card information for cards that you will be carrying while abroad
    • Medical contact information (doctor, dentist, specialist)
    • Medical prescriptions
    • Medical insurance
  • Provide a copy of itinerary, travel plans, and contact information to a friend or family member
  • Notify bank and credit card companies of your plans to travel abroad
  • Attend all mandatory meetings and carefully review the information provided
  • Review our online pre-departure orientation information 

Cadet Notes

  • Rings - Orders for rings are placed during the spring semester for rising seniors
    • If a student is a rising senior and studying abroad during the spring semester they are advised to submit their ring applications prior to departure 
    • If you have any questions about this process please contact Ms. Laura Irick via email at lirick@citadel.edu
  • Rank: If you are interested in applying for rank for the next academic year please follow the instructions at the following link and be sure to let them know you are studying abroad so appropriate arrangements can be made

Additional Resources

 

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