Geneseo was just recognized in the 2011 IIE Open Doors Report as being among the top 10 master's institutions in the United States sending students on mid-length duration study abroad experiences. During the 2011/2012 academic year, SUNY Geneseo sent 482 students on study abroad/away programs on a combination of short-term, faculty-led, and semester/year-long programs.
We are very excited that you are considering studying abroad with SUNY Geneseo. This step-by-step guide should help you as you progress through the Study Abroad Process.
A passport is “an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the holder” (NAFSA). You cannot travel internationally without a passport. In addition, your passport must be good for at least 6 months after you return from your international destination.
Apply for a passport right away if you are considering doing any international study or travel while at Geneseo. You must apply in person if you are applying for your first passport.
For the most up-to-date and accurate passport requirements, plus everything else passport related (lost or stolen passports, passport corrections), consult the US Department of State passport website.
There are two places in Geneseo where you can apply in person for a US passport:
If you already have your passport, be sure that it is valid for at least 6 months after your intended return from studying abroad. Otherwise, you must renew your passport.
Step 2 Preliminary Research
Before moving ahead you should do some preliminary research so that you have a rough idea of what studying abroad is all about. Here are a few ideas:
Step 3 Meet with your Academic Advisor / Major or Minor Department
After you've taken a look at the basics and have some ideas about what you might like to do for study abroad, you should meet with your academic advisor (this step is especially important if you are leaning towards a semester or year-long study abroad experience). It's important to have a strong understanding of the requirements that you would like to fulfill for your major(s), minor(s), and the General Education Program while abroad. You should let your academic advisor know that you are planning to study abroad, and discuss your scheduling needs/constraints with them.
If the program you are looking at has a faculty instructor or liaison, it would be a good idea to talk with that person about course concerns. If there is a faculty instructor or liaison for the program you are interested in, that person's name and email will appear on the program webpage.
Depending on your major or minor, it may also help to meet with someone in your department(s) about staying on track with your Geneseo courses. In most cases this will be your academic advisor, but if you are a double major, have one or two minors, or have a concentration, you may also want to meet with a faculty member from your other department(s).
Step 4 Learn the Basics
Meet with a Study Abroad Mentor
Study Abroad Mentors are Geneseo students who have previously studied abroad. These students hold Mentor Hours and offer their time to assist current Geneseo students in selecting the right program, working through the application process, and learning specifics about their respective programs.
When are Mentors available? Check the Mentor Hour Weekly Schedule.
Who are the Mentors? Click here to find out!
If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5 Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
After you meet with your academic advisor and speak to a Mentor, please contact the Study Abroad Office to organize an appointment.
The Study Abroad Office can be reached by phone at 585-245-5546 or by email at email@example.com, or just stop in and schedule an appointment.
Prior to meeting with a study abroad advisor, please complete the Study Abroad Pre-Advisement Questionnaire. The questionnaire is a tool to prepare our study abroad advisors to speak directly to your concerns or needs. Our advisors can help you dig into the specifics of studying abroad on particular programs or can give you a general overview of what's involved. In both cases they will point you in the right direction for doing more in-depth research.
Our advisors have specialized knowledge with regards to Geneseo's partner institutions and programs. You can meet with either advisor if you just have general questions about studying abroad, but if you have some specific programs in mind, you should schedule an appointment with that advisor:
Emily Froome (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the primary advisor for all faculty-led programs.
Steps 6-8 Apply
Visit our Apply page to learn more about the steps associated with applying for a study abroad program at SUNY Geneseo.