Study Abroad

Pre-departure checklist

Congratulations on your decision to study abroad!  Please read the following list carefully and complete the necessary steps in order to prepare for your program.


First Stop: be sure to visit the Travel Documentation section of our website for more detailed information on Passports and Visas.

Get your passport

  • If you don’t have a passport, apply for one as soon as possible.
  • If you do have a passport, verify that it is valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program.
  • If it is not valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program, you will need to renew your passport.
  • For U.S. Citizens, please visit to renew or apply for a new passport.
  • For Non-U.S. Citizens, please visit the embassy/consulate website of your destination country to find out your specific requirements.

Visa/entry documents

  • You may need an entry visa or other travel documents to study in your host country. It is your responsibility to verify the visa requirements of your host country and to obtain a visa if needed.
  • Visit the embassy/consulate website for your destination country to find specific visa information.

3 months before departure

Book your travel arrangements: flights, trains, etc.

The University of Washington strongly recommends booking refundable/transferable tickets or purchasing trip cancellation insurance to safeguard against the possibility of trip interruptions or cancellations.

Complete post-decision requirements

  • In order to be enrolled for your time abroad, you must complete all of the post-decision requirements listed in the Checklist in your online study abroad account. Please log into your account to view the list of requirements and due dates (also listed on the Study Abroad Registration page).
  • Attend any program specific orientations are facilitated by your Program Director or Study Abroad Adviser.

Keep track of program payments

  • Check your MyUW Account and refer to your payment contract stored in the document section of your online application/account.

Get connected

  • Like us / Follow us on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram – “UW Study Abroad”

2 Months before departure

 Financial aid (for UW students only)

  • Contact the UW Financial Aid Office to verify that your financial aid awards will apply to your study abroad program.
    • You can submit a Revision Request to adjust your financial aid to reflect the cost of studying abroad. The most current revision request can be found at UW Financial Aid.
    • A budget detailing your program costs can be found in the program brochure and in your online application account.
  • Set up Direct Deposit if you are expecting to receive a scholarship or financial aid.
  • NOTE: Financial aid is disbursed at the beginning of the quarter for which it is awarded, so you may need to plan to cover the costs of pre-departure expenses (such as airfare and insurance) on your own. Financial aid for Early Fall programs is disbursed at the beginning of UW’s Autumn Quarter.

2 weeks before departure

  • Verify through your MyUW Account that you have been enrolled in the foreign study placeholder course (FSTDY 300/303).
  • If you are a U.S. Citizen, register your trip with the U.S. State Department
  • Photocopy your passports, visas, tickets, and other personal documents, then give copies to someone at home you trust.
  • Scan your important documents and email them to yourself.
  • Consider setting up a blog so friends and family can experience your time abroad with you.