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Research the process as early as possible and follow the required steps
  • Why Study Abroad

    Studying abroad is one of the most valuable investments in your future. Click here to learn why it is important for students to have an international academic experience.

  • Explore Programs

    Stony Brook offers over 100 programs in 5 continents and in all academic terms. There are 2 types of programs;

    Faculty Directed - A group experience with a faculty member where students enroll in an SBU course instructed at an international location.

    Partner University - An independent experience where qualified applicants are nominated by SBU to study at a partner university. Students directly enroll alongside degree seeking students in courses instructed by the faculty at the partner university.

    Explore our programs to learn more and make your selection.

  • Eligibility

    Students should have a valid passport at the point of application as it is often required as part of the planning process. Students may submit an application without a current passport, but must either renew or apply for one immediately. Passports that will expire within six months or less of the program end date must be renewed.

    U.S. Citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs to learn how to apply for a passport.

    Non-US Citizens must visit the immigration website of their home country to learn how to apply or renew their passport.

    Depending on the location or length of the program, an entry visa may be required. Become familiar with the host country’s entry/visa requirements based on the citizenship of the individual’s travelling passport. Visit the host country’s immigration/consular services website for details. Requirements may vary based on an individual's country of citizenship. Visa applications are sometimes complicated and can take time. Each country is different. The earlier students become informed the better.  

    Students must be currently in good academic standing at a college/university, including no remarks of academic dishonesty or any unresolved community standard violations.

    Visit individual program pages for specific academic requirements and view “Academic Policies”. 

    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

  • Documents Needed
  • Steps to Apply
    • Explore Programs  
    • Click “Apply Now” on the program page.
    • Login to  SBUAbroad using Net ID and Password (Non-SBU students must use the login that was created when the application was first started).
    • Complete all sections of the Application by the deadline