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Advising

Our office is here to help you enjoy a successful international experience.

We not only help students, but we also offer information and support services to families, faculty, and staff. Students are required to attend at least one advising session to ensure they have the information needed to get started on their application. If students are attending a Drake faculty-led program, their advising questions can be directed to the faculty member, as well as to our office. We also require students to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation before they depart for their journey, to further cover concepts about culture, academic expectations, health, and safety abroad.

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Application Process

One of the key advising areas we assist students through is the application process. All students traveling internationally on a Drake, Exchange, Affiliate, or Experiential program must apply online through the application system. Students must also be approved by Drake University in order to receive academic credit, and to be able to use Drake scholarships and financial aid towards a study abroad experience.  

We recommend that all students start the application process by watching Education Abroad 101. For students who want to schedule an appointment with our office, students must watch this video first, as it addresses many common pre-application questions.  

Once students are ready to start an application, do so through the application management system.

J-Term Programs

The J-term programs for the upcoming year are not revealed until the J-term Fair in March. On the day of the J-term Fair, our office opens the application cycle for J-term programs abroad. Students must apply through the application management system, and cannot sign up for J-term courses abroad through MyDusis or any other system. As some J-term programs fill very quickly (sometimes on the first day they are open), students can apply to more than one program, and rank their programs of interest.

Semester or Academic Year Abroad Students

Students traveling abroad for a semester or academic year are required to attend an information session or meet one-on-one with Drake's Education Abroad Advisor before they can be approved for a study abroad program. The Education Abroad Advisor can review program options for your major, and personal and professional goals. They also review the application process, general financial aid questions, study abroad scholarships, credit transfer, and more. 

Be aware that the application is a two-step process for semester and academic year programs. You must first apply and be approved for a study abroad experience by Drake University. Then you must also apply and be approved by the Exchange or Affiliate Partner.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an education abroad experience, students must meet Drake University requirements, as well as any program specific requirements. For example, some programs may require that you have a certain major, be a junior or senior, or have a higher GPA requirement.

General Eligibility Criteria

  1. Sophomore standing or above
  2. Minimum 2.5 GPA
  3. Pass Drake University's disciplinary check
  4. Complete Drake International's Study Abroad online application before the deadline
  5. Attend the in-person Pre-Departure Orientation Session
  6. Complete and pass the Health and Safety blackboard course
  7. Attend any Drake Program meetings hosted by Drake faculty (if participating in a Drake Program abroad)
  8. Meet any other program specific requirements (varies per program)
  9. Maintain the Drake Code of Conduct before departure and while traveling abroad

Deadlines

J-Term 

  • Drake Programs: April 15 (some programs have deadline extensions) 
  • Exchange and Affiliate Programs: September 1 (REMINDER: the partner also has a deadline that you must meet) 

Spring Term 

  • Exchange and Affiliate Programs: October 1 (REMINDER: the partner also has a deadline that you must meet) 
  • Drake Programs: range from December 15 to February 15  
  • Exchange and Affiliate Programs: February 15 (REMINDER: the partner also has a deadline that you must meet) 

Summer Term 

  • Drake Programs: range from December 15 to February 15  
  • Exchange and Affiliate Programs: February 15 (REMINDER: the partner also has a deadline that you must meet) 

Fall and Academic Year Term 

  • Exchange and Affiliate Programs: April 1 (REMINDER: the partner also has a deadline that you must meet)

Timelines (Pre-Application)

Drake Programs 

Most Drake Programs abroad are offered during J-Term (programs typically travel for one to three weeks, and depart in late December or early January), as well as some program offerings during the summer. 

Two semesters in advance: 

  1. Attend Drake's J-Term Fair during the Spring semester (usually held in late February or March) 
  2. Search for Drake Programs abroad 
  3. Speak with a Drake faculty program leader or our office to learn more about the program 
  4. Start and complete the online application as soon as possible. Most programs accept applicants on a "first come, first serve" basis, and may fill within days of the application opening. 
  5. Meet with the Student Financial Planning once you have picked a program to discuss how your financial aid package will apply 
  6. Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss how the course(s) will fit into your Drake degree plan 
  7. Submit a passport application or passport renewal, if needed. The nearest agency that can process your passport application is the United States Post Office (USPS) store located at 1165 2nd Ave in Des Moines. If you have a passport, make sure your passport is valid six months beyond the return date of your program. 

Exchange and Affiliate Programs 

Two semesters (or more) in advance: 

  1. Watch Education Abroad 101 
  2. Meet with Drake's Education Abroad Advisor to discuss the application process, program options, financial aid, scholarships, credit transfer, etc. 
  3. Attend Drake's Education Abroad Fair during the Fall semester (usually held in late September or early October) 
  4. Search for Drake-approved program options 
  5. Start and complete the Drake International online application as soon as possible. The application must be submitted before Drake international's deadline
  6. Meet with the Office of Financial Planning once you have picked a program 
  7. Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss how the course(s) will fit into your Drake degree plan. You can pick up a Course Approval Form at the Drake International office. 
  8. Submit a passport application or passport renewal, if needed. The nearest agency that can process your passport application is the United States Post Office (USPS) store located at 1165 2nd Ave in Des Moines. Make sure your passport is valid six months beyond the return date of your program. Most students will need a passport in hand four months before departure so they can submit the passport to a consulate for their student visa.

Timelines (Post-Application)

Drake Programs 

  1. Our office notifies student of their acceptance status 
  2. Our office notifies student of the payment process after acceptance 
  3. Attend all meetings with the faculty program leaders the semester leading up to departure 
  4. Attend the Pre-Departure Orientation (held the semester before departure) 
  5. Review and complete the Health and Safety Blackboard course 

Exchange and Affiliate Programs 

  1. Our office notifies student of their acceptance status 
  2. Once accepted, begin and complete the Exchange or Affiliate Program’s application 
  3. Attend the Pre-Departure Orientation (held the semester before departure) 
  4. Review and complete the Health and Safety Blackboard course 
  5. Research if your host country requires you to get a student visa. If so, start to gather required documents, and book an appointment at the consulate, if necessary. You may need to travel to submit and pick-up your passport and supporting materials (many consulates are in Chicago).