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Getting Started

Study Abroad OverVU

The Study Abroad OverVU session is the first step on your study abroad journey, where you will explore the basics of how study abroad works at Vanderbilt. In-person sessions are offered weekly at GEO, and we highly encourage you to attend the live session for better engagement. Alternatively, you can watch the videos below before scheduling an appointment with a GEO advisor.

Study Abroad Pathway Explained

Why Study Abroad?

Types of Study Abroad Programs


Study Abroad Course Search Tutorial

This tutorial takes a deep dive into the study abroad course evaluation process. You will learn how to effectively use the Study Abroad Course Search tool to find courses abroad, and how to get abroad courses evaluated for Vanderbilt credit.

Financial Aspects of Studying Abroad

Learn more about the cost of studying abroad, and how financial aid works.

GEO Budget Sheet Tutorial

In this video, you will learn how find your program's budget sheet and understand the estimated cost for your study abroad experience.

Summer Programs

Global Summer Fellowship

How to Open A Study Abroad Application

The screen capture below shows how to open a study abroad application for a program you have identified.

Next Steps

Once you learn the basics of how study abroad works at Vanderbilt by exploring the resources above, you can begin working with a GEO advisor to focus on setting goals for your experience and narrowing down program options based on your goals. The following questions are a good place to start: 

  • What is motivating you to study abroad?
  • What type of study abroad program interests you?
  • What classes do you need to take while abroad?
  • In what ways do you hope to step outside of your comfort zone and grow from this experience?

GEO advisors can provide personalized guidance and help you dive deeper into your goal-setting and the program selection process. You can meet with a GEO advisor during daily drop-in office hours or by scheduling an appointment.

See an Advisor