Before applying for a program abroad, please review the Eligibility Requirements and ensure that you have either: 1) met with program staff for a one-on-one advising meeting, 2) attended a Study Abroad 101 session, or 3) watched the recording of the most recent Study Abroad 101 session. Doing so will help you fully understand the application process. If you have additional questions after completing these steps, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.
Get the following documents ready to upload with your online application:
- Personal statement – write 250–500 words describing how will study abroad contribute to your academic or professional goals and how will you engage with the local community abroad?
- A copy of your transcript – can be unofficial for CUNY students and pulled from CUNYfirst as long as your name is printed on it.
- Scan of the photo page of your passport – We require a copy of your valid passport before you go abroad. If you are in the process of applying for or renewing your passport, you may submit the application without this; however, you must be prepared to email a scan of your new passport as soon as you receive it. All students must have a valid passport by their program's orientation session.
If accepted, you will be enrolled in a course via Blackboard where you will be able to download and submit required documents. Once you receive acceptance from Education Abroad you'll be provided with all necessary forms. Here is a list of the documents you will be required to submit before your program's orientation session:
- Health Information Questionnaire and Physician Statement - you should get started on the Health Information Questionnaire and Physician Statement immediately as it may take time to get an appointment with a physician.
- CUNY Waiver and Release Agreement
- GDPR Acknowledgement and Consent Form for Programs in the EU
You will receive the document instructions for submission following your acceptance email.
*Students participating in programs not led by Hunter faculty will also be required to submit their Course Approval Form by the orientation date or earlier if required.
Visas for Travel: Check Your Destination’s Requirements
If you do not have a passport from the United States, it is your responsibility to check with the consulate of the country to which you will be traveling to find out about any visa requirements and application procedures. The Office of Education Abroad can provide you with a letter to include with your visa application; however, we cannot guarantee that we can produce this on the day that you request it. It is your responsibility to notify us of your Consulate appointment 10 business days prior so we can prepare your letter.
Vaccinations & Health and Safety Precautions
Students are required to understand what vaccinations are necessary to enter their destination country, as well as any health and safety precautions generally recommended by the CDC.