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Academic Considerations Abroad

  • Reflection abroad is essential to making meaning of all you experience. A great opportunity for reflection can be found by enrolling in the optional, 1-credit course Authoring Your Study Abroad
  • Reminder: Complete the Enrollment Verification and Arrival Report within the first five days after classes begin at your host university. (link to this form in Terra Dotta)
  • If you make any changes to the schedule reported on your Enrollment Verification and Arrival Report, submit the Add/Drop Notification form. You may make changes to your schedule with no effect on your transcript up to six weeks after your host courses begin. After six weeks, you may not add any courses. However, you may withdraw from courses with a grade of “W” posted to your OSU transcript. For more information, see the credit posting guidelines for Reciprocal Exchange and Affiliated/Approved Programs. 
  • Enroll in courses for the upcoming semester. Stay in contact with your academic advisor and use the SIS system to enroll in classes online as you normally would.

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Health, Safety and Insurance


Review the Health, Safety & Insurance page for more information on your health and safety abroad.




Health, Safety & Insurance

Cultural Adjustment

Most individuals living abroad experience some degree of culture shock as they encounter a new host culture. For some this can be quite extreme and for others a minor disturbance in their daily routine. For more information on Culture Shock and how to recognize it, please refer to the following resource:


StudentsAbroad: Adjustments and Culture Shock 



Don’t forget to request a transcript for your program BEFORE you return to the US. For academic year students, remember to send a transcript after your first semester as well as at the end of the program. We cannot post your grades without an official transcript! For students planning to graduate immediately upon return from abroad, please speak to the Student Exchange Coordinator in the Study Abroad Office. All transcripts for your courses abroad should be sent to:





Student Exchange Coordinator

Oklahoma State University

242 Student Union

Stillwater, OK 74078 USA

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