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Application Process

The application process is quite simple.

If you have questions, contact our office by phone, e-mail or on Facebook (fan page: Binghamton University Study Abroad). Check out our advising and events information, stop by our office any time, come to walk-in advising hours or set up an appointment with an advisor.

Binghamton Program APPLICATIONS

You can download each application for Binghamton Programs on the "How to Apply" page of the program. Some applications are unique, so please be sure that you are using the correct, updated application for the program that you are interested in applying for. 

Tips for Successful Study Abroad Applications

Completed Application Form: Reviewers look for professional applications. This means that your applications should be neat and should be typed or printed clearly.

Study Statement:The study statement is designed to give reviewers of your application a sense of your level of commitment to and knowledge of the study abroad program to which you are applying. Essays that have been favorably reviewed demonstrate that the student has a thorough understanding of the study abroad program and environment and has reflected deeply on the personal and intellectual journey they hope to undertake while abroad.

Who should sign your study statement?: The signature on the study statement is to signify that your proposed program of study -- which you should have discussed in the study statement -- has been reviewed and approved by an academic advisor within your school (CCPA, Education, Harpur, SOM, SON, Watson).

Foreign Language Proficiency Form: You would need to fill out this form ONLY if you are applying to a program conducted in a FOREIGN language.  You do NOT need to fill out this form if you are applying to a program in which the primary language for the course of instruction will be ENGLISH, and you often do not need this form if you are applying to a program conducted in a foreign language but with no language requirement.  For programs of this type, we recommend checking with the sponsor campus to verify whether the form is needed. If the Foreign Language Proficiency Form does not apply to your program, write “not applicable” on the form.

Confidential Reference forms: Most applications require two academic letters of references.

Transcripts: Be sure to request official copies of transcripts of all university work. You should submit requests for transcripts to your university registrar several weeks in advance of your deadline, as they need time to process your request.  Unless a program announces another administrative address, transcripts should be sent to the international programs office at the campus administering the program. For Binghamton transcripts, you will need to order a transcript on BU Brain.  Be sure to manually enter in the full address as none of the Offices of International Programs (not even Binghamton's own OIP!) appear on the dropdown menu.

Permission to Release Information: This form is required for programs sponsored by Binghamton University.  Other-SUNY programs may have similar requirements.  Read the form carefully, fill in the necessary information and sign where indicated.

Judicial Review: Binghamton University requires a judicial review of all applicants for Binghamton-sponsored study abroad programs.  This review is automatically processed for Binghamton University students.  Other-SUNY and non-SUNY students applying to Binghamton programs must complete the Judicial Review form included with Binghamton program applications.  Other-SUNY programs may have similar requirements and procedures for a judicial check.

Notification of Home Campus:
 Once you have applied, be sure to let the Office of International Programs on your home campus know that you are applying for study abroad.  Binghamton students will need to come to our office to fill out a short form with our office so we can get you in our system.

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Last Updated: 2/15/12