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START HERE: Non-UW-Stout Students

Thank you for your interest in our study abroad/away programs! We welcome non-Stout students on many of our programs but there are a few additional steps you will need to take before you can start a study abroad/away application. 

To begin, you will need to talk with your home institution’s study abroad office to learn about any procedures you may need to complete before applying to a UW-Stout program. If approved by your home institution, you will then apply to UW-Stout as a Special/Non-degree Seeking Student. Please follow the steps below to start this process. If you have questions for a study abroad advisor, please email or schedule an appointment.

Undergraduate and Graduate students: please complete the Online Application for admission and indicate that your intended status is a ‘Special Student’ for study abroad. You do not need to indicate a major, submit transcripts, take the ACT, or pay the application fee.

After completing your Special Student Application:
  • You will receive an email containing your Campus ID and information for setting up your account. You will need to follow the instructions on the Getting Started website to:
  • Activate your UW-Stout account
  • Set up your Stout email 
  • Log in to AccessStout (online self-service area for several student services you will want access to)
  • Complete your Student Account Contract (SAC)
  • After you have completed all the above procedures, you may apply to a program here.
  • Semester students: Students applying for a semester/academic year program will need to submit their acceptance letter from UW-Stout’s Admissions Office to
  • Non-UW Stout Disciplinary Clearance Form: All applicants will need to complete a Disciplinary Clearance Form (you will find this form in your study abroad application). If the applicant is not enrolled in another university, then we suggest that they provide a recommendation from their work supervisor.

Advising Session
If you would like to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor, you may schedule a meeting here to discuss the study abroad process and your school selection. Before your meeting, please take a few minutes to view our 4-minute Go Abroad Today! video to learn about the benefits of study abroad, the different types of programs we offer, finance information, and how to get started.
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Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships
It is important to note that as a Special Student at UW-Stout you are not eligible for financial aid through UW-Stout. Therefore, we encourage you to talk with your financial aid counselor at your home university to determine your eligibility and the amount you may be eligible for during your study abroad/away term. You will also want to inquire about a consortium agreement that allows you to use financial aid from your home university and have that aid transferred to UW-Stout to pay for all or a portion of your study abroad/away program. Please be aware that not all universities will do a consortium agreement, therefore, it is important to inquire about this with your home institution's financial aid office in advance.

We invite you to explore grants and scholarships on our website. Application deadlines vary, so we encourage you to begin your search now and to apply for as many grants and scholarships as possible.

Credit Transfer
You will want to talk with your home university's transfer coordinator or academic advisor about how your credits will transfer back to your home university. Some home universities require you to have the courses approved before you depart so it is a good idea to start thinking about this now. At the end of your study abroad/away program we will send an original transcript to your home university. At that time, your home university will complete the credit transfer process.

COVID-19 Updates
The OIE strongly recommends that students interested in education abroad obtain full vaccination at least one month prior to engaging in the experience. Requirements of foreign countries and/or airlines are fluid and can change without notice. Additional guidance pertaining to international travel from the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) can be found here. It is important to stay informed about your study abroad destination as entry requirements may change at any time, including requiring a negative PCR 72 hours prior to departure, fulfilling an in-country quarantine, and/or demonstrating evidence of full vaccination. Full vaccination currently provides the best protection and greatest probability of participation. Vaccinated students should bring a copy of their CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card with them when they go abroad. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

Semester/academic year/independent short-term programs:
Students attending these programs will need to complete a series of online videos and a quiz. Additionally, there will also be an in-person pre-departure component led by OIE that you will be required to attend.  

Faculty-Led Programs: 
Students attending these programs will need to complete a series of online videos and a quiz. Additionally, faculty leaders will host pre-departure meetings that you will be required to attend.

Contact Us
We are thrilled that you are joining one of our study abroad programs and we are here to assist you throughout your application process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing or by scheduling an appointment with an advisor.

Thank you for your interest in studying abroad/away!

Kind regards,

Education Abroad Team
Office of International Education
University of Wisconsin-Stout
70 Harvey Hall, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751