Steps to Studying Abroad

Go Global! If you're interested in studying abroad, there is a global experience that's perfect for you!

This information is intended for business majors and minors and may not be fully inclusive. When in doubt, ask! The people in the Global Business Resource Center study abroad office (Beatty 111) and Center for International Education are here to help! Note: International Business majors are required to earn at least 6 credit hours abroad and be in country at least 3 weeks. 

Step 1 - Explore your options

  • Explore the different programs - international exchange (pay CofC tuition), CofC faculty-led, and affiliate (third party). 
  • Speak with friends and family who studied abroad. 
  • Check out some CofC student blogs from abroad for inspiration - many are business majors and minors. 
  • Visit the College's Center for International Education (CIE) for information - advising sessions are available.
  • Visit Beatty 111, the Global Business Resource Center study abroad office. 
  • There are week-, summer-, semester-, and year-long programs and internships around the world! There's something perfect for you!

Step 2 - Plan

  • If you haven't already, start an account on cofc.via-trm.com
  • Figure out what classes you want to take while abroad and find programs that may offer them. 
  • Think about the rest of your academic/graduation plan to make sure you're still on track (keep prequisites in mind and what semester certain courses are offered). 
  • Start a financial plan

Step 3 - Apply (All steps are required)

  • If you chose an affiliate program, there's a required advising session at the CIE. 
  • If you haven't already, apply at cofc.via-trm.com AND the affiliate link (if applicable). 
  • Get all business courses abroad approved with the School of Business Global Studies Education Coordinator, Stacey Hassard. Set up an appointment on Appointment Manager, email hassardsk@cofc.edu , or visit her in Beatty 111. 
    • Spring deadline is October 1st.
    • Fall deadline is March 5th.

Step 4 - Prepare

  • Ensure your paperwork is complete and your passport is up to date! 
  • Attend pre-departure orientation(s). 
  • Make sure Stacey Hassard knows you're studying abroad! She can help you with registration while you're away if you ask her. 
    • Mark registration in your calendar. Plan your classes for the following semester(s). Think about prerequisites. 

Step 5 - Have a life changing experience! 

  • Send photos! Let us know if you have a travel blog or Instagram! 
  • Don't forget we're here if you need any assistance, especially with courses. 
    • If your courses change while you're abroad, email hassardsk@cofc.edu or call 843.953.4882 to get assistance approving different courses. 

Step 6 - Return and connect

  • Make sure you have your study abroad transcript sent to CofC (if applicable). 
  • Check that all of your courses transfered correctly on DegreeWorks!
  • If you're an International Business major, contact Stacey Hassard to check off your study abroad requirement on DegreeWorks (at least 6 credits abroad). 
  • If you're not already, look into becoming a Global Scholar (oral proficiency in a second language, 3.0 GPA, international coursework, and event attendance).