Study Abroad and Study Away Handbook

We are excited to work with you to help make your experience as culturally meaningful and academically relevant as possible. Our staff considers advising a collaborative process, and ultimately, you are responsible for being an active and educated participant as you prepare to study abroad.

Prepare Yourself!

One of the biggest regrets many study abroad students have is their lack of research and preparation before departure. Your study abroad experience is an investment in your education as well as your future. Think about preparing your mind for the journey, as well as your suitcase. A few hours spent reviewing your program materials, as well as researching the history and culture of your host country, will pay off later on. The more you prepare now, the better adjusted you will be when you arrive, and the more you will learn about your host culture and yourself.

Our handbook contains important information that will assist you as you study abroad. Review it thoroughly upon your acceptance to your program. Use it as a reference when you have questions later on. Our expectation is not that you memorize this material, but that you know where to find it and contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

We look forward to working with you throughout your study abroad experience!


All students accepted to a UW-Madison study abroad program receive a MyStudyAbroad (MySA) account. Matters concerning acceptance and participation on a study abroad program are managed through this account. Your MySA account is a place to complete certain tasks, obtain relevant information, and stay informed about your program. Check this account on a regular basis to keep informed about program details. MySA will send you periodic email alerts as new information or content is available.