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Getting Started

Planning to participate in a Sharks Abroad program requires careful planning and a lot of excitement.  Our Sharks Abroad team is here to help you navigate the process.
  • STEP 1: LEARN ABOUT SHARKS ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
    • Info Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays - 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. in the Office of International Affairs (Horvitz 253) - No pre-registration required!
    • Fall 2019 Education Abroad Fair:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Don Taft University Center, Spine)
    • Winter 2020 Sharks Abroad Week: February 3-7, 2020

  • STEP 2: TALK TO YOUR ADVISORS
    • Meet with your Academic Advisor and ExEL Career Advisor (if applicable).
    • Find out which term(s) is/are best for you to study abroad and which courses you may be able to transfer in from your study abroad program.
    • Make sure and discuss your plans with any other critical NSU advisors, such as your Razor's Edge program director, coaches, dual program advisors, etc.

  • STEP 3: RESEARCH PROGRAMS
    • Review programs on Sharks Abroad website and other study abroad search engines. 
    • Narrow it down to 1-3 programs.
    • Remember to consider the courses that are offered and what is (and what is NOT) included in the program fee when you are comparing programs!

  • STEP 4: EXPLORE FINANCES
    • Answer the following questions:
      • What aid will you be able to use on a study abroad program?
      • How will you fund the difference between the aid you have and the cost of your program?
      • What are the deadlines for the study abroad scholarships for which you are eligible?

  • STEP 5: APPLY FOR NSU APPROVAL
    • Submit your NSU Study Abroad Application by the deadline!
    • Deadlines:
      • Summer, Fall, and Academic Year Programs - March 1st
      • Winter/Spring Programs: October 1st
      • Deadlines may be flexible - contact sharksabroad@nova.edu to request an extension. 
    •  Do not make any financial commitments to your program until you receive your NSU study abroad acceptance email! 

  • STEP 6: APPLY TO YOUR PROGRAM
    • Apply to your study abroad program only after you have received your NSU Study Abroad acceptance email.
    • Make sure to meet their application and deposit deadline(s), which may be different/earlier than NSU's!
    • Confirm your study abroad participation once you receive your program acceptance and are sure you plan to go!

  • STEP 7: PREPARE FOR DEPARTURE
    • Complete all required NSU documents.
    • Attend the NSU Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation.
    • Complete all of your program's pre-departure requirements by the listed deadlines.
    • Obtain any necessary immigration documents.

  • STEP 8: GO ABROAD!
    • Stay in touch and complete all 'while abroad' assignments.
    • Come back and get involved in promoting study abroad to others!
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     DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE COPY OF THE STUDY ABROAD CHECKLIST

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The first step to becoming a Sharks Abroad participant is always to attend a Sharks Abroad Information Session.  Information sessions are held every Monday and Tuesday during the academic year (excludes midterm and finals weeks).  

Time: 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Location: Office of International Affairs - Horvitz 253

No RSVP is necessary.  Please arrive approximately five minutes early as the session will start promptly at the scheduled time.

After attending a Study Abroad Information Session, our Sharks Abroad Peer Advisors are here to help you with every step of the process!  

Click Here to Make A sharks abroad advising Appointment

Every year the Sharks Abroad team plans opportunities for NSU students to learn more about program options, scholarship opportunities, and making the most out of studying abroad.  Below are our currently scheduled Sharks Abroad events and presentations:

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Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship Presentation

  • Fall 2019 Date & Time:  Tuesday, August 27 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Horvitz 114B & via Facebook Live
  • Learn about the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship program. 
  • Eligible students can earn up to $10,000 to study abroad!
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Sharks Abroad Fair

  • Fall 2019 Date & Time:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Don Taft University Center, Spine
  • Partners from around the world come together for NSU's largest Sharks Abroad event each year.
  • Learn about hundreds of different programs, scholarship opportunities, and resources on campus to help you plan your adventure.
  • Lots of raffle prizes including one $50 Amazon.com gift card!
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Gilman Scholarship Presentation

  • Fall 2019 Date & Time:  Friday, September 20 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Horvitz 114B & via Facebook Live
  • Learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for Pell Grant Recipients. 
  • Eligible students can earn up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad!
[FLYER COMING IN JAN 2020]

Sharks Abroad Week

  • Winter 2020 Dates:  Monday, February 3 - Wednesday, February 7, 2020
  • Location: TBC
  • 10 presentations on specific topics to help students prepare for their Sharks Abroad journeys. 
  • Free food and raffle prizes at each presentation.
  • Winter 2020 Sharks Abroad Week schedule to be released in January.
  • See the 2019 Sharks Abroad Week schedule here.
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