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Faculty and advisors at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are encouraged to make students aware that:
  • Study abroad is an important part of their university education.
  • Every student can study in his or her major or minor abroad.
  • There are scholarships and other funding sources available, including the use of existing financial aid.
Prepare Your Students

When a student indicates an interest in studying abroad, there are many things you can do. Here are a few initial suggestions:
  • Encouragement is always first. It helps students to hear faculty and advisors say that study abroad is possible and worth pursuing.
  • Inform them that the Programs Abroad Office hosts study abroad information sessions every regular class day during the academic year at 2:00 PM.  Encourage them to attend. 
  • When advising students, ask if they have plans to study abroad. This question is particularly important when advising freshmen as the earlier they begin to plan the easier it will be to find credits that will transfer in to meet general education requirements and/or major/minor requirements.
  • Look at the student's DARS and outline the general education, major and minor requirements they still need to fulfill. These courses may become the framework for the program they choose. This information is key to the student's ability to use his/her study abroad experience to move them toward graduation in a timely manner.
  • Help the student to frame their preliminary questions. What country(ies) does he/she want to study in, when will study abroad fit best in the student's degree progress, for how long could he/she remain abroad and stay on track? Thinking about those questions early will help students use time efficiently once they get to the point of selecting a program.

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