Study Abroad Student Guide

In our Study Abroad Student Guide, you will find everything you and your family need to know get your started with your study abroad journey, assist you throughout the program and more.

If you ever have any questions, please contact our office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday-Friday at 419-372-0479 or edabroad@bgsu.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer, Fall and Academic Year | March 1
  • Spring Semester | Oct. 1

STEP 1 | Get Started
If you are interested in studying abroad, you should start with our Get Started resources. It is important for you to read through all of the information and watch the recorded session or participate in a live session before committing to a BGSU education abroad program.

Get Started

It is important for students and families also review the BGSU education abroad minor policy.


STEP 2 | Before you Go
Pre-departure preparation ensures that you have a successful, productive and safe experience abroad. Below are the tools that you need to prepare for your time abroad. Use the pre-departure handbook to get organized and visit the links to find out more.

Before you Go


STEP 3 | While Abroad
The “While Abroad” section of our site contains practical information on a variety of topics such as: managing your relationships while abroad, tips for personal health and safety and ideas for documenting your experience. 

While Abroad


STEP 4 | When you Return
This resource will help you navigate some important administrative processes, such as credit transfer and registration. It also provides information on how to incorporate your study abroad experience into your academic and professional careers as well as your social life.

When you Return

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Essma Kheiry – Student Testimonial

“It was a freeing and empowering moment being able to do something I've always wanted to try but never had the chance. You should say yes to new experiences and be open to doing as much as possible, but also know that it's okay to just relax sometimes from all of it.”

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