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Getting Started and Applying

Follow the steps outlined below to get started on your journey From the Hilltop to the World

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning is here to help! If you have any questions or concerns about studying abroad at any time, don't hesitate to contact us at or 270-745-5334.

STEP 1: Explore Programs

You can research available programs by using search tools in the catalog of study abroad programs, which can be accessed from the WKU SAGL homepage at any time by clicking the Find My Program button on the left side of the page.

The Program Selection Guide can help you think through your goals and priorities for your study abroad experience, understand differences in program types, and compare programs as you explore your options.

Other resources for obtaining information include:

  • Study Abroad Fair - An info fair is held in the first few weeks of each semester and is a great way to browse programs and speak with program representatives and faculty leaders. Visit the WKU SAGL Calendar to find out whether a fair is coming up.
  • Walk-in Peer Advising - Peer Advisors, students who have studied abroad and are trained to assist you as you explore study abroad options, are available Monday-Thursday during select hours, usually around the middle of the day. Stop by our office to see a peer advisor or view the schedule for walk-in peer advising posted in our office.
  • Study Abroad Advisors - Staff advisors can help you as you try to decide on a program that fits your academic needs, career goals, and financial constraints, or assist you during any stage in the application process. See Step 2 below for info about how to schedule a meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor.
  • Other SAGL Events: Visit the WKU SAGL Calendar for dates and times of events where you could obtain more information.

It is important to conduct thorough financial planning and to research available scholarships and financial aid during the exploration phase. Visit the Funding Your Experience Abroad page for more information.

STEP 2: Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor (optional but strongly recommended)

Study Abroad Advisors can help you as you try to decide on a program that fits your academic needs, career goals, and budget, and they can share details about funding options, how to navigate the course approval process, or address any other questions or concerns you have about study abroad.

You can schedule an appointment with an advisor through your advising application. If you already have an advising application, login by clicking "Login to My Application" on the left side of the page. If you do not yet have an advising application, click on the "Find My Program" button, search for a program, and select "Request Advising" on any program page. Call us or stop by our office if you need assistance.

STEP 3: Decide on a Program and Start Applying

Once you have decided on a program, you can start your application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the program page. Please note that there is a non-refundable $150 study abroad application fee that will be charged to your Topnet account after you apply. After clicking the “Apply Now” button, you will be instructed to log in using your WKU NetID and password. Follow the instructions on the screen. Read and complete all pre-decision materials. If you run into any difficulty with the application please e-mail or your Study Abroad Advisor.

After you have applied and completed the initial application materials, a Study Abroad Advisor will review your application and check your GPA and disciplinary record for eligibility. After acceptance, you will be notified to return to your study abroad application, view the decision, and complete the remaining post-decision (pre-departure) materials. If you are not studying abroad through a WKU faculty-led program, you will also need to complete an additional application through the study abroad provider website or foreign institution. Don't forget to apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible by their respective deadlines!

In preparation for your study abroad experience, you will be required to attend the SAGL pre-departure orientation and any program-specific orientation meetings.


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 Last Modified 7/31/17