Education Abroad Advising

Your first step: Attend an Open Advising Session

If you have general questions or don't know where to start, come to one of our open advising sessions. These happen every week on Mondays at 3 and Thursdays at 11 in the Waterfield Library Classroom 210. No appointment needed - just drop by!

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Before your appointment

Narrow your options

  • Research available programs on the study abroad website. Your search should take location, time of year, and length of program into consideration, but your focus should remain on the academic fit for your study abroad with the major/minor/area or other degree requirements you have remaining to fulfill for graduation.
  • Limit your options to a few programs that interest you and appear to fit your academic and personal requirements. Think about your personal goals for study abroad, such as independence, language fluency, a specific course fulfillment, or heritage-seeking goal. These aspects should also guide your search and help narrow your options.
  • Complete this form before coming to your appointment.

FAQ

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General program questions

Start by researching what programs are available on our website. Your search should take location, time of year, and length of program into consideration, but your focus should remain on the academic fit for your study abroad with the major/minor/area or other degree requirements you have remaining to fulfill for graduation.

How do the programs you have chosen compare with each other academically, logistically, and financially? Are the programs you have chosen group programs or more independent programs and how do those compare? Can a friend participate in the same program?

Academics

How will the program count toward academic requirements for graduation? What specific courses are appealing on one program more so than another program? Is there a specific Faculty member you would like to study abroad with?

Money

What is provided within the program fees for each program, such as flight, visa expenses, meals, specific excursions, and local transport passes? How will you pay for the program? When will payments be due? Are you eligible for Federal Financial Aid, i.e., Stafford Loans or Pell Grant? Do you have additional scholarship sources that will be able to contribute to the cost of the program? Have you saved from a local job or cut expenses elsewhere to save for the program expenses for your study abroad?

It is a good idea to set up appointments with Financial Aid/Scholarships and your Academic Advisor around the same time as your Education Abroad Office advising appointment in order to get all of the information you will need to make a wise selection

Additional concerns

Do you or your parents/loved ones have any other questions or concerns? Is there anything you'll need special accommodations for while abroad? Write a list down and bring it to your appointment so you don't forget.

To schedule an appointment

  1. Find your Education Abroad Advisor based on your major
  2. Select an available appointment slot on her calendar below
  3. Please choose your appointment slot at least 24 hours in advance
  4. In the "Description" section: fill in your name, year in school, major, and any study abroad programs you are interested in

Meet your Education Abroad Advisors

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Robyn Pizzo
Senior Education Abroad Advisor
178 Woods Hall
Murray, KY 42071
rpizzo@murraystate.edu
270.809.2959


Robyn advises students in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Education and Human Services. She also advises on scholarships, both Murray State study abroad scholarships and national scholarships for study abroad. From Oct 5-Dec 15, 2017, Robyn will be doing advising over email and not taking in-person appointments.

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Heather Claiborne
Education Abroad Advisor
176 Woods Hall
Murray, KY 42071
hclaiborne@murraystate.edu
270.809.3861

Heather advises students in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, School of Nursing and Health Professions, Hutson School of Agriculture, and the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology; Abroad 101 program

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Melanie McCallon Seib
Director of Education Abroad
180 Woods Hall
Murray, KY 42071
mmccallon@murraystate.edu
270.809.3236

Melanie advises students who are interested in the London Spring Break and fall Semester in Regensburg programs.

Schedule an appointment with Heather:

You must be logged in to your Murray State email account to see the calendar below. If you have class or work conflicts with the available times, email Heather to request a different appointment slot. In the "Description" section: fill in your name, year in school, major, and any study abroad programs you are interested in.

Schedule an appointment with Melanie (London Spring Break or Semester in Regensburg):

You must be logged in to your Murray State email account to see the calendar below. If you have class or work conflicts with the available times, email msu.studyabroad@murraystate.edu to request a different appointment slot. In the "Description" section: fill in your name, year in school, major, and which study abroad program you are interested in.