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Accessing the Application

Applications open in September.
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2016.

  1. Self-authorize access to the application. Enter the year abroad (2017), semester (Summer), application type (SAO) and the application code.
  2. Start your application on MySAO.

Application Information

Be prepared to:

  • Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Enter the program code
  • Sign the financial responsibility statement
  • Sign the responsibilities of participation and code of conduct
  • Submit two short essays (see tips below)
  • Have a UT faculty member submit a reference questionnaire
  • UT disciplinary check (automatically submitted, no action required)

Application Fee
A $75 non-refundable application fee is charged to What I Owe after clicking “submit application” on the first page.

Program Choices
The application asks for first and second choice programs. The second choice listed does not affect first choice acceptance decisions. If you do not have a second choice program, enter the first choice again.

Tips for Completing the Essays

Essay 1: What are your academic goals? How will studying on this specific course complement these goals? Please consider both the content and location of the program's course(s).

Essay 2: What are your personal and professional goals? How will studying on this specific program complement these goals?

  • No more than 250 words each.
  • The audience is the faculty director and Study Abroad program coordinator.
  • Avoid general statements like, “I want to study abroad to broaden my horizons."
  • Make connections to the program location and course content.
  • Address your motivation, goals and preparedness to study abroad.
  • Focus on specific examples to illustrate your essay's points.
  • Utilize the Undergraduate Writing Center or the UT Learning Center.
  • Type the essays in a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word), then copy and paste them into the online application.

Online Reference Questionnaire
The application includes a link to a reference questionnaire. The applicant will e-mail this link to a UT faculty member. The reference questionnaire consists of 6 questions and a comments box. It should take the faculty less than 10 minutes, but give the faculty member at least a week to complete the reference.

To verify your reference has been received, check your MySAO application menu. Once received, the box that says “Awaiting Submission” will read “Submitted.”

Graduating Seniors
Graduating seniors should pay careful attention when selecting a summer program abroad so that their graduation is not affected. Programs offering a full six hours of UT tuition are scheduled to post on the UT transcript in time for the degree to be conferred in August. Courses taught by local faculty, called Affiliated Studies (AS), cannot be processed in time for August graduation.  Affiliated Studies (AS) courses may take up to one long academic semester after the program ends for credit to post on the UT record.

Application FAQs


Acceptance notifications will be sent out the third week of December.  Scholarship notifications (Summer Faculty-led, COLA) will be sent out the third week of December.