Many students know they want to study away but are not quite sure when, where, what, or how to do so. Studying away is possible for every Concordia student, but it requires planning ahead. We encourage you to visit Global Learning as early as possible.
Global Learning has knowledgeable staff to advise and assist you in whatever planning stage you are currently in:
- Advising 101 - Please make use of the Explore Checklist to get started. Advising 101 is to help guide you as you start narrowing down options to find a good fit. This is for students uncertain where to go and looking to get started on the journey.
- Advising 102 - For students who are interested in learning more about specific countries or programs.
- Advising 103 - For students with questions about one or more specific programs.
- Application Advising - For specific questions on the application or regarding visas, travel logistics, finances, credit, etc.
- Pre-Departure Advising - For students preparing for departure.
Another great starting point for study away advising is to meet with a Global Learning Peer Advisor. Peer Advisors are current Concordia students who have studied away or are knowledgeable about study-away programs and can be peer-to-peer advisors. Peer Advisors can help with general and process-oriented questions, and can offer a student-to-student perspective.
We encourage you to schedule a meeting with the Study Away Advisor, Mark Melby, Assistant Director of Study Away. Advisor appointments are best for questions that cannot be addressed by a peer advisor, like financial questions, academic planning, specific programmatic questions, and matters of personal identity.
You can begin by researching different regions, countries, locations, program details and features, academic fit, prices, and much else. You should also utilize your academic advisor to understand degree requirements, choose the best time to study away, and make sure you are completing your graduation requirements.
Study Away Portal
Your study away (application) portal is designed to assist you through all stages of your study away process— exploration, application, and return (called Pre-Decision, Post-Decision, Abroad, and Returnee). Explore locations, program options, FAQs, estimated expenses, and more. Once you have selected a program, you will use the portal’s “Apply Now” button to open and complete your application. You can also find an Apply Now button near the top of the program brochure pages. While away, you can report incidents, notify us of independent travel, and find resources relevant to your time abroad. When you return you will find a section with information relevant to you after studying away.
Ask for Advisement
In addition to Global Learning staff, you can also speak with Faculty Leaders, global ambassadors, and faculty ambassadors.
If you want to learn more about Exploration Seminars or May Programs, the primary advising will be with the Faculty Leader(s). With these programs, you are able to start an application without having an advising appointment. Upon acceptance to the program, you will have group advising meetings led by the Faculty Leader(s).
Solo (Summer) Seminars are available for a variety of types of programs over the summer term including internship, study away and abroad, volunteer, teaching, and research opportunities.
Should you prefer a Semester or Academic Year Program you are required to meet with our advising staff. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you and ensure a programmatic fit. You can start an application, but cannot submit the application until you have fulfilled the advising requirement. Appointments are required for these meetings.
Schedule an Appointment
Your application for study away is accessible at globalcord.via-trm.com. To begin an application:
1. Head to this link: globalcord.via-trm.com
2. Click "Go to Portal" and sign in using your Concordia credentials.
3. You can either complete or skip the "program match." It is up to you.
4. In the search bar, search for your desired programs and click "apply."
5. Select the term and "Start Application."
6. Fill out the required information and click "submit."
You can access your application anytime at globalcord.via-trm.com
Application decisions are sent via email approximately 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.
After acceptance, you will have more items to complete on your portal, so it is important for students to check your portal regularly.