How to Apply

  • I am ready to apply. What do I do? 

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    Once you’ve selected your program, you’re ready to apply! All programs have an online application including signature documents, essay, recommendations, application fee and other relevant application materials.

    Applications will not be considered complete until the $100 fee has been paid. If a program is cancelled or you are not accepted, you may request a refund of the fee. However, if you drop after acceptance, the fee is non-refundable. 

  • Is there a waiver for the application fee?

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    No. The application fee must be paid by the program deadline for you to be reviewed as an applicant. 
  • What if I do not meet eligibility requirements or prerequisites? 

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    Contact our office so we can advise next steps, consider alternate program options or alternate semesters to study abroad.
  • What happens after I submit my application and when will I receive an admissions decision?

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    Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure all required materials have been received by the APA Office. Most programs have an application deadline and applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance. For most programs, this is on the decision date. 
  • How do I know you received my application materials? 

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    Once our office has received an application document, a green check mark will appear next to that application item. The green check marks correspond to items our office and the Application Portal have received and processed.

    If you have submitted something to the office and do not see it checked off in your application, please contact us.

  • What if I don’t get into my first choice program?

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    Because space is limited on some programs, we cannot always accommodate every student on their first choice program. You may be placed on a waiting list for a high-demand, faculty-led program. If you are not accepted into your program, APA will try to accommodate you by offering another available program. 
  • What if I miss the application deadline?

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    In the case of faculty-led programs, you will not be able to apply for that term cycle as all program deadlines are final unless an extension is given. For all other programs, please check our website to see if we are still accepting applications for your program of interest. Some programs may have an extended deadline on a space-available basis. 
  • Who should write my recommendation?

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    Most programs require a general recommendation from a professor with whom you have had a university level class for a letter grade. Some programs may require a recommendation from a language or specialty instructor. You may also request one from an academic advisor. Please refer to your application for more information about the requirements for your program. Most programs require two recommendation letters, but you may choose to include an additional, supplemental recommendation if you’d like. 
  • I need a credit approval form. Who should complete my credit approval form?

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    EMU students should discuss with the study abroad office and their academic department to find the appropriate person to complete the credit approval form.  A signature from the registrar and study abroad advisor is given after you submit the form a part of your application.

    Non-EMU students do not need to complete an EMU credit approval form, but may want to discuss with the study abroad office at their home institution to determine how their credit will transfer.


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