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Stage 1: Advising

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Advising Application Checklist:

The first stage of the study abroad process is Advising. In this phase you will complete STEPS 1-5 below in the Global Education Portal. The Portal will walk you through each step at your own pace. If you stop by Global Education, our staff will assist you in logging into the Global Education Portal for the first time and create an Advising Application for you. The completion of the Advising Application is required in order to apply for a study abroad program. 

  • Click the REQUEST ADVISING link above.
  • This will create an email to Global Education for you. Please include your first and last name, and MU email address. 
    • Non-MU students: Indicate in your email that you are a Non-Millersville student. Please include your first and last name, birthday and gender identity (male, female, other). For Millersville students, this information is pulled from our university information system. As you are not an MU student, this information will need to be input manually. 
  • Once received, the email will prompt Global Education to create an advising application for you. 
  • Global Education will email you log in instructions.
To Access the Advising Application checklist:
  • Log in (Use your MU username and password)
    • Non-MU students: you will be emailed your login and temporary password information. 
  • Click the "Home" button icon in the top left corner. Your Advising Application will be listed here. 
  • Review the instructions for each STEP carefully. 
  • You may save and come back to your checklist as many times as you need. 

The Advising Application will walk you through the following steps:
  • STEP 1A-C: Learning: Options & Process 
    • Learn about the study abroad process here at Millersville, about academic policies and financial aid. After you've reviewed the information in STEP 1A: What is Study Abroad? and STEP 1B: Study Abroad at MU, you will be ready to take the small assessment in STEP 1C: Learning: Options & Process which covers important details in your reading.  
  • STEP 2: Initial Advising Questionnaire
    • Complete the reflective open-ended questions on the questionnaire in the Global Education Portal. 
    • The questionnaire will let your Program Coordinator know what your academic, personal, and professional goals are. 
  • STEP 3: Advising Meeting
    • Phone or in-person advising with a Program Coordinator is meant to help guide students to their program of choice, and answer questions they may have. 
  • STEP 4: Program Meeting
    • Once you have decided on a program, you will attend a Program Meeting with other interested students
      to go over detailed information such as cost, housing options, etc.  Global Education will contact you with a proposed meeting date and time. 
  • STEP 5: APPLY!
    • Meet with Financial Aid, your Academic Advisor and other parties (Ex. Family, friends, significant others).
    • Meet with your academic advisor(s) to discuss how to make academic progress abroad.
    • Schedule a meeting with the Financial Aid office to discuss your study abroad expenses and to receive an estimate of your recalculated financial aid package.
    • Start your program application. 


Important Notes for Review:
  • Application cycle dates will be announced on our Global Education homepage, our study abroad website, and on our social media accounts. 
  • The minimum GPA requirement to study abroad is 2.0. You must have this GPA at the time of application and maintain it up until you leave. Some programs have a higher GPA requirement. You must also meet the requirement of your specific program at the time of application. 
  • There are two fees that must be handed in at the time of application: A $50 application fee, and a $500 participation fee. These are non-refundable and no application is considered complete without these fees. 
  • All participants must attend the Pre-Departure Orientation. 


Important Notes for Review:
  • There is a large time commitment for participants, particularly in the semester/term before they go abroad. 
  • Students should take responsibility to gather the information and documentation they need, instead of relying on advisors, friends or family. 
  • Students should pay attention to the important emails and reminders from Global Education.
  • Students should do some basic research about the location they are going to.           


This section reviews the Academic Considerations in detail. You may use that webpage to follow along with the videos and information below. 
Important Notes for Review:
  • Your Program Coordinator cannot give you academic advising, however they can give you suggestions to take to your academic advisor. You also have the opportunity to meet with Global Education's Faculty Coordinator to discuss study abroad courses and other academic related topics. 
  • Study abroad credits are treated the same as transfer credits, which means they apply to all transfer credit policies at MU. 
  • Students are required to be full time students while abroad, meaning students must be registered for a minimum of 12 academic credits per semester. 
  • Undergraduate students must earn a grade equivalent to a C- or higher in order for the credit to be transferred to MU. Graduate students must earn a B or higher. 
  • Transfer credit does not affect MU GPAs, unless you study abroad through another PA State System University.
  • Studying abroad in the fall or spring semester fulfills the Perspectives ("P") and Diversity ("D") requirements. Participation in a professional experience abroad program such as internships, student teaching field placements, or social work field placements fulfills the "P" and "D" as well.
  • For summer study abroad, successful completion of an outcomes paper will fulfill the D requirement. Read more information on this HERE

This video will explain how courses from your study abroad experience will be brought back to Millersville. This is a step that comes after you have been accepted to study abroad, but learning about it now may help you plan for your future study abroad semester.


This section reviews the Financial Considerations in detail. You may use that webpage to follow along with the videos and information below.

Important Notes for Review:
  • Remember to plan for non-academic costs!
  • Cost worksheets cover all academic costs. You receive and review costs worksheets during your Program Meeting. 
  • Estimates for having fun in your free time is are not included on the cost worksheet. Be sure to plan your own budget for these. 
  • It is highly encouraged for you to meet with the Financial Aid Office to fully understand how aid works during a study abroad experience. 
    • You should bring your cost worksheet to your financial aid meeting.