Center for International Education: Study Abroad


Step-by-Step Guide to Study Abroad

Adelphi Study Abroad Handbook

Find everything you’ll need to know about passports, visas, arranging travel, packing, health, safety, financial considerations, housing, meals, daily life, academic expectations and more.

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1 Start planning for your time abroad at least six months in advance.
2 Obtain (or renew) a U.S. Passport, if you do not have one already – it can take up to two months.  If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid for 6 months beyond the return date of your program.
3 Visit the Center for International Education (CIE) Nexus, Room 145, for an advising appointment to discuss your options, Adelphi study abroad policies, and answer any questions.
4 Apply! Fill out Adelphi’s online study abroad application as well as the partner program’s application (if required).
5 Select your courses. Search the program’s website for course descriptions.  Print out the course descriptions and show them to your faculty adviser.
6 Meet with your faculty adviser to obtain academic approval for your desired courses abroad. Select courses that will count toward satisfying requirements for your major/minor, general education, and free electives.
7 Complete Your Application by the DEADLINE! Generally, March 15 for summer and fall semesters, October 15 for January intersession, spring semester and spring break programs. Some deadlines may vary, please verify the deadline for your specific program.
8 Prepare your Budget Planning Worksheet with the assistance of the study abroad adviser, and seek Financial Aid advice to obtain the necessary funds. The CIE will forward the estimated cost of your program to the Office of Student Financial Services. They will send you your Award Letter on the usual schedule. If necessary, you can seek alternative loans.
9 Attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Session to prepare for your travel. This session will feature information on safety, health, cultural adjustment, money management, as well as other essential information for a successful time abroad. Family members are invited to attend.
10 Complete any additional required tasks documents – secure housing, apply for a visa, and arrange travel. Please submit copies of these documents to the CIE for our files.
11 Apply for a visa (if required) to the foreign Consulate in the U.S. Do not make an appointment unless you have all of the documentation.
12 Ensure you have international health insurance.  Adelphi University requires all students studying abroad to have international health insurance.  Adelphi University has a contract with Cultural insurance Services international (CISI).  For more information on how to purchase international health insurance or to use your own insurance plan, email

For further information, please contact:

Center for International Education
Nexus Building, Room 145
p – 516.877.3487
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