Start by setting up a Get Started account through our online portal. This account provides us with important information that will help us support you through the program selection process. Once completed, our team will connect with you directly to discuss next steps and set up a Get Started advising session. In this meeting, it is helpful to be prepared to have some ideas of what and where you would like to study. To get an idea about which study abroad program model is right for you, check out our Study Abroad Programs page.
Going abroad is a unique experience for every student and students approach the decision to study abroad in different ways. For some, participating in a specific program in a specific country is the fulfillment of a long-held dream. For others, the option to go abroad is new and overwhelming with possibility.
What are you trying to achieve? Are you mainly interested in...
Are you looking for courses to fulfill your major, minor, core or honors requirements, or mainly for electives?
Do you know what you still need to complete your degree?
When is the best time for students in your major to study abroad? How many credits will you earn?
Do you want to learn another language abroad?
Do you want to take content courses taught exclusively in English?
Do you want or need to take courses in a language other than English?
How much flexibility do you have in the timing of your program abroad?
Is there a quarter, semester, or year might be best for your graduation plan?
Do you want to study abroad for more than one quarter? On multiple programs?
Would you prefer a guided program with OSU peers and instructors or would you excel in an independent, autonomous experience?
Do you want to go abroad with other Americans or to solely immerse yourself in the host culture?
Are you interested in a highly structured program or one requiring a greater degree of personal motivation and self-reliance?
How important is program location to your decision to study abroad?
How challenging do you want your new environment to be to your comfort zone?
How similar to or different from your day-to-day life in the U.S. do you want to experience? Do you prefer a big city or a more rural location? Are you looking for a small program or to be immersed in a large university?
Do you want internship experience while abroad?
Do you want to explore an international workplace environment?
Have you thought about how studying abroad can increase your job opportunities?