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Step 1: Login
The first step in your journey to studying abroad is to login to Terra Dotta. To get started, simply Click Here (if prompted, select "I have a username and password") and use your ETSU username and password to sign in. Alternatively, you can click "Apply Now" on any of the program pages, and you will be prompted to login from there (again, please select "I have a username and password"). 

Step 2: Get Advised
After logging in, there are several ways you can set up your advising appointment. First, you can simply Click Here to go to an advising page where you can fill out an inquiry form questionnaire. Alternatively, you could find a program you like and click "Apply Now". Once that's done, you will have instructions on your student profile under "Advising" to set up an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator, Pato Lin-Steadman. You can set up your appointment by calling (423-439-7737) during business hours (M-F 8:00-4:30) or emailing (interntl@etsu.edu) our office. Just be sure to fill out the inquiry form questionnaire before coming to your appointment. 

Step 3: Program Information
There are many different programs offered through our site. So before you start exploring our vast number of programs, we recommend for you to read through the program information. There you will find some general information about the different types of programs. This can also help you determine what program will work best for what you want to get out of studying abroad.

Step 4: Program Search
Now that you've been advised and have looked through the program information page, you should have a clearer idea of what type of program or which country you'd like to know more about. To find what programs we have available, you can use the Program Search. From there you will have the option to search for specific programs or browse programs in a specific major or country. There are a lot of options, so take your time to find the one that is the best fit for you!
Note: when you apply for a program, you will be taken back to the advising page, so be sure to take note of the name of the program so that the study abroad coordinator can add it to your profile when you email her. 


Step 5: Apply
Now that you have found some good programs, it's time for you to start the application process. Go to your student profile home and select one of your programs. From there, you will need to fill out some basic information including:
  • Pay the $35 Study Abroad Application Fee (one fee for all programs for one full year)
  • Sign the Disciplinary Records signature document
  • Request and follow up on the Faculty Recommendation
  • Complete the General Application questionnaire
  • If going through TnCIS, make sure to use the TnCIS Application Form to pay your application fee
Be sure to complete the requirements for all of your programs. Keep in mind that the $35.00 application fee is only paid once per year, and it applies to however many programs you want to apply for. Once you pay the fee for one program, our office will check off that requirement for all of your program applications. Be sure to check your profile for any missing requirements.
Be aware that some programs require you to submit a separate application on their provider website. Examples include ISEP, API, CIS, ISA, and SAI programs.  


Step 6: Decision
Once you submit your application, the Study Abroad staff will review your application and either “accept,” “reject,” or “waitlist” your application. Once you are  “Accepted” into a program, the following forms will appear in your profile. Please, make sure to complete all of them:
  • ETSU Agreement for Participation in Study Abroad/Exchange Programs
  • Health Disclosure Form
  • Student Medical Surrogacy Authorization
  • Study Abroad Credit Approval Form
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Medical Information
  • Passport Information
  • ***Scholarship Application (if applying to the ETSU International Education Scholarship)***
  • ***TnCIS Program Fee Payment Form (ONLY if going through TnCIS)***
There will be a MANDATORY Pre-Departure Orientation before you travel abroad. Your study abroad coordinator will contact you with more details about it when the time comes.

Step 7: While Abroad
Make sure to register side-trips to your profile every time you take a trip during your time abroad. This is important so that our office knows where you are at all times in case we need to reach you for an emergency.

Step 8: Return
*** There will be a MANDATORY  Re-Entry Orientation to debrief about your time abroad. Your study abroad coordinator will contact you with more details about it when the time comes.***

The following two forms will be made available to you once your term ends. Even though these are not mandatory, we would appreciate your participation:
  • Study Abroad Ambassador Application
  • Study Abroad Student Satisfaction Survey