Carnegie Mellon University

Advisor Guide for Study Abroad

This portion of the website contains a step-by-step overview of the study abroad advising process, with links to information about programs, funding, transfer credit, life abroad, and advice for returned students.

Planning Stage

  • 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

View Programs & Funding
View major-specific advising sheets

Application Process

  • Complete and sign student application forms to confirm that they can be successful while abroad
  • Write recommendation letters

View Study Abroad forms & documents


View pre-departure requirements
View transfer credit information

While Abroad

  • Approve course changes while students are abroad through electronic Follow-Up SATC (pdf) form
  • Assist students with course registration for the semester they will return to campus

View registration information for students abroad
view general information for students abroad

Returning Home

  • 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)

View transfer credit information
view resources for returned students