How to Apply to Study Abroad


1. Click on 'Apply/Log In' from the main navigation at 

2. Login using your GVSU username and password 

3. Complete your Profile information 

4. Click ' Create New Application'

4. Select the program you wish to apply for 

5. Complete the Study Abroad Application (Steps listed below)

6. Click the "SUBMIT" button to finalize your application. Please note, when you click the submit button, each faculty listed under recommendations will receive an email with a link to the online recommendation form. Your application is not considered complete until both recommendation forms have been submitted. 



  • Essay Questions: Your essays will be read by PIC staff and in some cases the program faculty director. Sample Essay Questions.
  • Release of Information: You will be asked if you would like to give PIC permission to speak with a parent or other contact person(s). If you provide a contact person, we will be happy to speak with that individual if questions arise. Due to confidentiality laws, there is limited information that can be provided to your family without this written consent.
  • Faculty Recommendations: You will list (2) GVSU faculty members' names and email addresses. After finalizing your application, an email will be sent to each faculty member with a link to an online recommendation form. PLEASE NOTE : FACULTY ARE NOT ASKED TO SUBMIT A FORMAL LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION, BUT INSTEAD TO FILL OUT A SMALL ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE. Faculty Recommendation Example Form
  • $50 Application Fee: All study abroad applicants pay a $50 application fee at the time of application.
  • Commitment Fee (FACULTY-LED)  Faculty-led applicants will pay a $500 commitment fee for their program. If you follow through with your plans for study abroad, this money goes towards your overall program costs. 
  • Commitment Deposit (EXCHANGE, INTERNSHIP or PROVIDER) Exchange, internship or provider applicants will pay a $100 deposit for their program. If you follow through with your plans for study abroad and complete application materials by posted deadline, the deposit will be refunded to you. This deposit is non-refundable if you withdraw after acceptance. 


*To withdraw from a program, follow the steps on the Study Abroad Application 



View Application Deadlines for the study abroad application

Page last modified May 8, 2024