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Before You Go

Thinking about studying abroad? Got a program in mind and want to know what's next? Use the information below to guide you through each step of the process!

Study Abroad 101

Check out the following video for a quick guide on how it all works!

Application Process 

The application process will vary depending upon which program type you choose: a Whitworth faculty-led, international exchange, or international partner program. But regardless of which type you choose, you will always start in Whitworth's study abroad portal here.

Whitworth Faculty-Led Programs

  • Browse the program offerings on the faculty-led programs page.
  • Attend the Off-Campus Programs Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the HUB Multipurpose Room to meet the faculty leaders and learn more.
  • Applications open each year in early February. Apply online through our study abroad portal. Applications close typically around March 1.

International Exchange Programs

International Partner Programs

Passport & Travel Documents

All students participating in a domestic or international off-campus program must have the appropriate travel documentation. Please review this information carefully and thoroughly.

International Travel

  • A valid passport is required for all program participants.
  • The passport expiration date must be at least six months past the end date of your intended program. For example, if your program ends Jan. 30, then the passport must not expire before July 30.
  • Need to apply for a passport or renew your passport? Please see our OCP Passport Information.
  • Certain countries require a visa for entry. Your program administrator and the Whitworth Office of International Education will provide you with necessary information about this requirement and how to acquire the appropriate visa.

Domestic Travel

  • Beginning in May 2025, the Real ID Act will go into effect and require all Washington state residents to comply with the necessary travel requirements.
  • Not sure what your requirements are? Learn more here