When is the best time to start preparing to study abroad?
It is NEVER TOO EARLY to start preparing for your international experience. We recommend starting to prepare at least two semesters before you travel. This will give you enough time to talk to your adviser and professors to make a plan of the courses you wil need to take while you’re abroad. We recommend sitting down with your adviser as early as possible to figure out not only where to go abroad, but when to go abroad.
How do I get started in the study abroad process?
The easiest way to start planning an overseas education experience is to look through our partner university brochures on Terra Dotta, our online application portal. Click on one of the schools that looks interesting. Now, here is the hard part.
Figure out the qualities of your host university that are important to you. Have you always been interested in a specific country? Do you want to live in a city? What do you want your housing situation to be? Is your biggest concern staying on track for your degree? When searching for a university, we suggest keeping these qualities in mind and weighing the pros and cons of each university.
When searching for a university, one of the most common difficulties is making your course schedule. When you have found a potential university, go to the course catalog or course schedule sections of the University’s web page. Look for the courses you need to take and see if they are being offered at the time you wish to travel abroad. If there is a match, come to the Office of International Programs, located in the Ben Parker Student Center, and we will help you get started.
For a step by step process in how to go abroad, see the Steps to Going Abroad page.
Where can I find information about particular universities?
Will Overseas Study affect my GPA?
See the following question for more information on the transfer process.
How do classes taken abroad transfer back to Mines?
To transfer credits from your host university, you will need to have an official transcript from the registrar of your host university mailed directly to the Mines registrar. This transcript MUST come from your host university, you cannot mail it yourself. You will only receive credit for the course if you receive an equivalent “C” or better and the course is applicable to your degree plan. *If your host university has a different grading scale, check with the registrar to see what grade you need to receive credit for the class.
What is the difference between a study abroad program and an exchange program?
An exchange program must be done through a Mines partner university. In an exchange program, you pay Mines tuition as if you were attending Mines. (All scholarships and financial aid apply.)
How can I ensure that I do not fall behind when I study abroad?
When is the best time to study overseas?
The best time to study overseas also depends on your major. Talk to your academic advisor to ask when a good time to study abroad. For many majors, the best time to study abroad is in their sophomore year. Others choose to spend one semester during the junior yea, and even a few students have gone abroad in the semesters just before graduation.
The academic calendars of our partners do not always coincide with the Mines academic calendar. For example in the U.K. and Spain, exams are taken after Christmas and late in June, making either a year-long program or a second semester program the easiest for Mines students. The first semester in Australia and New Zealand begins in July and runs until late November so it could interfere with a field session a student needed to take.
The time to begin planning is during the second semester of your first year at Mines but it is hardly ever too late to include an education abroad experience.
Do I need to register for classes at Mines for the semester I am abroad?
What about passports, visa, and travel?
What about scholarships and financial aid?
Office of International Programs
1200 16th Street
Ben Parker Student Center, Suite E110
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 and 1:30 - 4:00
David Wright, Assistant Provost for International Affairs
(303) 384-2120 /email@example.com
Mary Cook, Associate Director and Manager of Student Mobility-Outbound/Inbound
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Main Office Phone and Email
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