OSU Online Study Abroad Application: 

All OSU students are required to complete the OSU Online Study Abroad Application. By completing this online application, a non-refundable, $50 application fee will be charged to your OSU student account.


Application Fee: 

See the Application Fee page for details.


Order an official transcript to be sent to your study abroad advisor or program coordinator by the application deadline. Your program may require an additional official transcript if you are enrolling at a university abroad.

Order one transcript from each institution you have attended and have earned 15 credits or more.

OSU official transcripts can be ordered through the OSU Online Services student account or through the Office of the Registrar.

Program Provider Application: 

A passport valid for six months beyond your program is required. Apply for a passport immediately if you have not done so already. Visit travel.state.gov for an application.

Required Essays: 

Three essays are required to be submitted by the application deadline. If you are having trouble with the essays, consider visiting the Writing Center or Career Services for assistance.

See Application Essays for details.

Letters of Reference: 

See the References page for details.

You will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview as soon as your application materials have been received. Off-site students will be interviewed by phone if desired. Consider contacting OSU's Career Services office for guidance, for exchange or internship interviews.
Health Disclosure: 

All students are required to return this form before they travel abroad. See the Health Disclosure Form page for details.

Academic Planning Form: 

All students are required to complete this form, with the assitance of their Academic Advisor. See the Academic Planning Form page for details.

Attend General Orientation: 

All students are required to attend general pre-departure orientation. View orientation dates and registration.


Your program enrolls you in insurance for the duration of your participation. Review the insurance policy and carry additional claim forms and your insurance card with you abroad.


You may be required to obtain a student visa for England. As of 2008, students studying for more than 6 months require a visa. If your program of study is less than 6 months, you do not need a visa to enter the UK. Students studying 6 months or longer will need to apply for a "Tier 4" visa.

Instructions will be given at the UK orientation. Students should refer to the UK Border Agency website or the Visa4UK website for updated information.

There are several steps to the application, including travel to a regional center to be fingerprinted.

Travel Clinic: 

All students are encouraged to visit their primary care provider before going abroad. Information about immunizations and travel health can be obtained from the Travel Medicine Clinic at Student Health Services.

Financial Aid: 

File FAFSA and apply for financial aid for the term(s) of your program.

IDEA will submit a financial aid budget with your estimated cost of attendance to the Office of Financial Aid the term prior to your departure so that your aid award may be adjusted.

Budget Worksheet: 

Use this form to estimate the total cost of your attendance on the program. Visit the Budget Worksheet page for details. Exchange students can expect to pay their OSU tuition and some fees, and students going on "Study Abroad" will pay fees for tuition directly to Sussex (See here for academic year or Summer fees)


IDEA will register you for 12-15 blanket credits per term you are abroad.
You will not receive financial aid for the program unless you are
registered. To be registered, your account must be free of any hold,
and your OSU bill balance must be below $2,200.

Grades and Credits: 

This program earns resident credit at OSU. Each course you take must be
assessed for how the credit will be applied to your degree program.
Save all coursework and syllabi while you are abroad and work with your
study abroad advisor to establish your course equivalencies when you


Select File > Print in your browser to print this checklist.

Attend Site-Specific Orientation: 

There will be an on-site orientation at Sussex once you arrive, and participants are required to attend the OSU pre-departure Orientation the term before they leave. This will provide information on the UK in general as well as an opportunity to connect with others who have studied at Sussex, or British students studying at OSU.