How to Apply to an SFS Program

When applying to a study abroad program, there are lots of moving parts to keep track of. Follow the steps below to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Before You Apply:

  • Check with your home school for their requirements and deadlines. You should start the conversation with your home school study abroad office to discuss credit transfer, approved programs, financial aid, and any internal application/process.
  • Check the SFS eligibility requirements, which can be found on the Admissions Overview page.
  • Discuss SFS with your family, friends, pet, coach, and anyone else in your support network.
  • Apply for or renew your passport—it’s good to have even if you don’t study abroad with SFS!
  • Review the costs for your program and learn more about the SFS financial aid process.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SFS has made the decision to cancel all Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 programs. SFS is now offering 3-week Winter Session programs (learn more here) and Spring 2021 programs will be offered at all SFS locations except Peru.

For students interested in attending a Winter Session or Spring 2021 program, SFS is offering an amended refund policy to offer students and their families more flexibility as they plan for study abroad. You can read more about the policy in the FAQ section on this page. Due to our displaced Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 students, we recommend that students apply early for Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021.

Start your application now!