Semester Exchange Application Steps

The deadline to apply for a Fall semester abroad is March 15th.

The deadline to apply for a Spring semester abroad is October 15th.

 Semester Exchange Application Steps

To apply for a semester exchange or direct enroll placement, please follow these steps.

Step 1) Meet with Education Abroad Staff

Once you have an idea of which partner university you would like to apply to, you may request an appointment with Ali, Education Abroad Director, ( to get more detailed information on the application process, visas, housing, and budgets. 

Step 2) Apply for Passport

Apply for a passport if you do not already have this document. Passport applications can be found here. 

Step 3) Contact Financial Aid

Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to review the budget and your specific financial aid package. For more information, see the Financial Aid Overview and Funding Options. 

Step 4) Course Approval Form(s)

The course approval form should be completed with the classes you plan to take at UCA’s partner university abroad and signed by the chair of the department. A new course approval sheet should be used for each department under which you would like to receive credit while abroad. 
Make an appointment with the professor and/or the department chair to get approval of your course selections. You will need to upload a photocopy of these documents to your online application.

 Step 5) Start the online application

Semester Exchange Application Form
The online application asks for the following information: 
  • Provide basic contact information
  • Complete and upload the course approval form
  • Complete online Education Abroad Health Form
  • Upload a copy of your signed passport 
  • Complete the online contract for Education Abroad
  • Request 2 reference letters electronically through the application system (letters should be written by former or current UCA professors and/or advisors or employers and reflect support of your study abroad plans).

Step 7) Apply for Scholarships

Visit our Scholarship website to understand what you are eligible to apply for. 

NOTE: Please submit all documents to the online application by the stated deadlines.