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Students studying abroad in Chile

Start Here: Advising

Are you ready to take the next steps toward studying or interning abroad?

The Center for Global Engagement offers comprehensive study abroad advising services to current and prospective students. Whether you are new to study abroad and need help with the basics or are well versed in all your options, our peer advisors and coordinators are here to assist you with every step of the process from selecting a study abroad program, to preparing for departure, to facilitating the transfer credit process upon your return to campus.

Using the Program Search on our website, you can get a good sense of what is offered for a semester, year, summer, or mini-term abroad. Try to consider your personal, professional and academic goals.

Overwhelmed? No worries! Our friendly staff of Peer Advisors are here to help! During full academic semesters (spring and fall), our Vols Abroad Lounge is open Monday-Friday from 12-5pm. 

Choosing the study abroad experience that’s right for you is always exciting and sometimes challenging. To help you determine your priorities, we have put together the following list of questions as a guide:

Personal Goals

  • Why do I want to go abroad?
  • Which aspects of study abroad are most important to me (language immersion, program duration, location, etc.)?


  • What subject areas do I want to study?
  • Do I need to fulfill any academic requirements abroad?
  • Do I want to participate in an internship program?
  • Do I want to take classes in English or the language of the host country?
  • What is my foreign language ability? Do I speak another language and do I want to use that language abroad?


  • What country or region of the world appeals most to me?
  • Would I rather live in an urban or rural location?
  • Do I prefer big cities or smaller cities?
  • Would I prefer to live with a host family or in a dorm or student apartment?


  • Which year do I want study to abroad (sophomore, junior, senior)?
  • How long would I like my program to last (semester, year, summer, mini-term)?


  • How will I pay for my study abroad experience?
  • Do I need financial assistance?
  • Will I apply for study abroad scholarships?

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, talk with your academic advisor about the course(s) offered to predict whether the academics align with your graduation requirements. Then, reach out to our office to meet with a Program Coordinator, who can help you decide which program might be the best fit and send you in the right direction! From there, you’ll begin your application in the VolsAbroad portal.

During full academic semesters (spring and fall), walk-in advising will be carried out Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm. 

Before your appointment, make sure you complete the Advising Application form so our coordinators can better prepare for their session with you.

Advising Application


Haslam College of Business Students – Click these instructions here to schedule an advising appointment.

Once you’ve started the application process, visit OneStop to see how your current financial aid package can be applied to your selected program abroad. To can also check out our financial aid and scholarships resources for additional funding opportunities!

Funding Opportunities