Study Abroad Checklist

Studying abroad requires planning, both to ensure you are eligible and properly documented for your program of choice and to determine how your coursework abroad will meet your graduation requirements at Baker University.

Below are steps for preparing for your study abroad experience.

  • Verify and maintain eligibility:
    • Minimum 2.0 GPA (specific programs may have higher requirements)
    • Sophomore standing (at least 30 credit hours completed)
    • Good standing with the Office of Student Affairs
  • Schedule an appointment with Student Academic Success staff.
  • Research your options.
  • Acquire a passport.
  • Check with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Begin discussions with your academic advisor.
  • Select a program.
  • Apply for selected program(s).
  • Take completed application to the Office of Study Abroad for review and approval.
  • Acquire visa, if required. Please follow instructions from your individual program provider regarding visas; requirements vary widely from country to country and are in a constant state of flux. Your program provider will have the most up-to-date information for your program and location.
  • Attend mandatory study abroad meeting (usually in November for spring study abroad students, April for summer and fall students).
  • Meet with your Baker advisor regarding course selection. Select several alternate courses.
  • Meet with Ruth Miller to complete Transfer Course Equivalencies form. Include several alternate courses; sometimes enrollment in a particular course cannot be confirmed until after your arrival.