IAP Study Abroad Advising
The Study Abroad Resource Center (3rd Floor Red Gym) is staffed by Peer Advisors who can answer your general questions about IAP study abroad programs. Our Peer Advisors are all returned study abroad participants, and eager to share their experiences with you. Wondering how to get started? Visit the Study Abroad Resource Center for drop-in advising! Peer Advisors are available for quick questions as well as individual or small group advising sessions.
Peer Advisors can help you with:
- Learning more about program options
- Narrowing down program options
- Applying for programs
- Understanding the study abroad process
- Dropping off application materials or deposits
Contact the Study Abroad Resource Center:
Drop-In Advising: 8:00-4:30PM, Monday to Friday, 3rd Floor Red Gym
Phone: (608) 265-6329
Chat: 10:00-Noon, Monday to Friday
Peer Advisors may refer you to our professional advising staff and can help you make an appointment for questions that go into specifics beyond peer advising. To schedule an appointment, call our office or visit 3rd Floor Red Gym. IAP has two different types of advisors: Enrollment Specialist Advisors (ESAs) and Study Abroad Advisors (SAAs). In order to schedule you with the correct advisor, the Peer Advisors will ask you some questions during scheduling regarding what you hope to accomplish during the appointment.
- Application advising (online application, program-specific forms, etc.)
- Questions about program eligibility (including GPA and language requirements)
- Questions about the Course Equivalency Request (CER) process
- Grade processing and transcripts
- Program advising (program experience, academics, housing, visa, etc.)
- Questions about health and safety abroad
- Questions about student identity abroad
- Questions about funding study abroad and scholarships
- Returned Student Resources
IAP advisors are assigned to a portfolio of study abroad programs, which means they work with all students who are interested in studying abroad on a particular program. Different programs in the same country might be assigned to different advisors. Each IAP program has an ESA, SAA, and Financial Specialist that work together as a team to help you through the study abroad process.
All IAP staff advise by email, and ESAs and SAAs offer in-person appointments as well. We typically do not offer same-day appointments, so be certain to plan ahead as much as possible. At times you may not be sure which advisor to contact with a particular concern -- that's all right! Feel free to contact us and we can direct you to the correct person.
Be sure to read about and research your program(s) of choice in advance, in order to make the most of your appointment time. We expect students to be active participants in the study abroad process, so come prepared with questions. You can learn more about our Advising Philosophy and Advising Mission here. We look forward to working with you!
CALS Study Abroad and International Education
IAP has a partnership with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). Students interested in CALS-specific study abroad programs can also seek drop-in advising from the CALS Peer Advisors at their office in 116 Agricultural Hall. Check their drop-in hours on the CALS Study Abroad and International Education page.