Carnegie Mellon University

Step-by-Step Guide: Academic Advisor Role in Study Abroad

Please contact us with any issues or questions that my arise during any stage of the process.

  • Encourage students to make appointments with a study abroad advisor during regular advising appointments.
  • Discuss with students how study abroad can integrate into and enhance the Carnegie Mellon curriculum.
  • Help students determine best timing and what they need to accomplish while abroad.
  • Organize departmental information sessions with a study abroad advisor.
  • Complete and sign student application forms to confirm that they can be successful while abroad.
  • Write recommendation letters.
  • Notify students of pre-departure orientation requirement through OIE.
  • Discuss Study Abroad Transfer Credit Form (SATC) with students and sign.
  • Approve course changes while students are abroad through electronic Follow-Up SATC.
  • Assist students with course registration for the semester they will return to campus.
  • Welcome study abroad students back to campus and seek opportunities to integrate their experiences abroad into their curricular and meta-curricular activities.
  • Upon receipt of transcript, assess and award transfer credit.
  • Advise students about prestigious awards & scholarships to draw on study abroad experiences (refer to Fellowships & Scholarships Office).