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You've Applied...Now What?

Congratulations on submitting your Northwestern study abroad application! It can take up to 6 weeks for your application to be reviewed. Review how applications are evaluated, and in the meantime, work on these steps:

Do you have another application?

If you're applying to a Northwestern program, GESI, or CASA, your Northwestern application is the only application you must submit. Your application to study abroad is done.

If you're applying to an exchange or affiliated program, you're not done! In addition to completing the Northwestern study abroad application, you must complete a program application through your host university or external program provider. Check deadlines on your program page.

For all programs, external scholarships can help support your study abroad adventure. Review our list of suggested scholarships and apply by the appropriate deadline.

Take care of logistics.

Apply for your passport. You will need a passport that expires more than six months after the end of your program. Don't wait - apply for a passport or renew your passport now!


Figure out if you need a student visa. We're not talking credit cards - some countries require student travelers to obtain a visa prior to arriving in the country. Check your program page for visa-specific information.


Submit your financial aid application for the next academic year.



Confirm your intent to study abroad!

If you are approved to study abroad, congratulations! The next step is to submit an electronic program confirmation form to GLO by the appropriate deadline. (Before submitting the confirmation form, review Financial, Withdrawal, and Cancellation Policies.)

Study abroad confirmation deadlines
Confirmation Deadlines
Summer, Fall, and Full Year March 20
Winter July 20
Winter-Spring October 1
Spring December 1

Note: For affiliated programs, even if you have not yet received an admission notification from your program application, we ask that you make your choice and submit a program confirmation form by the GLO deadline signaling your intent to participate in your preferred program.