Application and Enrollment
As every faculty-led program comprises an academic course and a study tour, the Education Abroad Office undertakes different procedures to build both elements. Your program participants must both apply through the Education Abroad Office for the tour and, after they commit to the application, enroll themselves in the associated course.
Once the Director of Education Abroad approves your program proposal, the Education Abroad Office staff will create a digital brochure for your program through StudioAbroad, the Office’s online program database. This brochure is where participants may access program information, including but not limited dates, itinerary, and payment information. To view a sample online program brochure, visit the active Faculty-Led Programs list in StudioAbroad and click on a program name.
The brochure is the same location where all participants may start their online program applications. We have also created application instructions for those who would like assistance with this process. Non-K-State students must apply as non-degree-seeking students to Kansas State University separately from their program application to StudioAbroad.
Once prospective participants create applications, their applications will be in the “Pending” phase. At this point, applicants must review and electronically sign several Signature Documents:
- 4 Steps to Financial Assistance for Education Abroad
- Financial Aid for Education Abroad Programs – Frequently Asked Questions
- Passport Information
Note that participants do not need to possess valid passports to apply to a program. At this stage, they only must acknowledge that it is their sole responsibility to secure valid passports in order to travel on the study tour.
In addition, applicants must complete (either online or on paper) two Material Submissions:
- Conditions of Participation Form for Faculty Led Programs
- Faculty-Led Budget Sheet and Financial Contract
The Conditions of Participation requires applicants to agree to Kansas State University policies regarding faculty-led programs. The Faculty-Led Budget Sheet and Financial Contract itemizes estimated costs of the program, including tuition, program fees, and out-of-pocket expenses; and lists all financial policies to which students are bound at the “Commitment” phase. (See below for more on the “Commitment” process). As with all parts of their applications, applicants are individually responsible for completing these offline forms and returning them to the Education Abroad Office.
Finally, applicants must complete one Questionnaire:
- Sharing Your E-mail Information
While applicants complete these elements, the Education Abroad Office will work with the Office of Student Life and the Department of Housing and Dining Services to conduct disciplinary clearance checks. If these units classify an applicant as a Student of Concern, the Education Abroad Office will reach out to you with more information.
In addition, the Education Abroad Office will grant faculty leaders reviewer access to the StudioAbroad in order to screen applications for their program. For each individual applications, the faculty leader will be able to view applicant activity and a limited amount of information pulled from KSIS.
Once participants complete all parts of their applications and gain disciplinary clearance, they are ready for acceptance.
Once the application deadline for your program has passed, and depending on your participant selection methods, the faculty leader and the Education Abroad Office will work together to determine which of the applicants to accept into the program.
In addition, the faculty leader and the Education Abroad Office will negotiate a Commitment deadline that establishes a period of time, no longer than two weeks, by which accepted students must commit to the program.
Once you as the leader select your roster of accepted participants, the Education Abroad Office will change these applicants’ statuses to the “Accepted” phase. At this point, the applicant has until the Commitment deadline you selected to log into their applications and click the “Commit” button.
Once applicants have committed to their applications, their status changes to the “Committed” phase. At this point, they are bound by the policies listed in the Conditions of Participation, the Financial Contract and Budget Sheet, and the policies and procedures of the Education Abroad Office listed here.
Committed applicants must complete one and, if they choose, two other voluntary Questionnaires:
- Passport Upload (required)
- Voluntary Consent to Release Medical Information
- Voluntary Disclosure of Health Information and Special Needs
Committed applicants must upload their valid passports to their applications prior to departure. Furthermore, they must complete another Signature Document, “Visa Information,” to which they acknowledge that it is their sole responsibility to ensure they possess the necessary visa(s), if required, for travel on the study tour.
Once a final roster of committed applicants is completed, and the minimum number of fee-paying students as listed on the Program Budget is achieved, the faculty leader may begin to book study tour logistics and invoice these expenses to the OIP Accountants.
After securing a program’s final roster of committed applicants, the Education Abroad Office staff will grant enrollment permission to those participants who wish to enroll in the program for credit. Participants are responsible for enrolling themselves in the course before the course start date.
If a course is offered for variable credit, participants will need to enroll in the correct number of credits.
If a participant wishes to enroll late, he or she may pay late enrollment fees or work with the Dean’s Office of the college that hosts the program to enroll.