Ok, so you want to study in a country half-way around the world. It may seem like a long way to go, but all it really takes is these 8 steps.
Step 1: Contact ETC
There are two ways in order to begin the adventure of your lifetime. First, you can fill out the on-line pre-application. The pre-app allows us to understand a little bit more about who you are and where you want to study. Upon receipt of your pre-application, our Outbound Program Manager will contact you to answer any questions you may have.
Or you can call us directly at 503.222.9803/877-222-9803 to learn more.
Step 2: Application Process
ETC will send you a Study Abroad (Outbound) Application. Depending on the country of choice, the application may be in the language of that country. Additionally, two teacher recommendations and sealed school transcripts are also required.
Step 3: Interview With ETC Staff
The Outbound Program Manager will conduct an interview with you either by telephone or in person. The interview is weighed greatly in the application process.
Step 4: Wait for Country Acceptance
ETC works with exchange student organizations overseas in order to insure a positive and safe experience for you. The partner organization will review your application for acceptance into the program. If accepted, the organization will send confirmation to ETC and begin the process of arranging a host family and enrolling you into school.
Step 5: Obtain Passport and Visa (if necessary)
ETC assists the visa process by providing guidance and the necessary documents in order to study abroad. However, it is your responsibility to get your own passport/visa. You will need to contact the appropriate consulates and submit the necessary documentation by the required deadlines.
Step 6: Schedule Flight
Instead of being locked into a set price, you are allowed to shop around and find the cheapest airfare possible. ETC also works with an experienced travel agent who is excellent at finding the best fares and travel routes. You are responsible for arranging and purchasing your ticket.
Step 7: Go to Orientation
ETC will provide you with a personalized orientation about the expectations and regulations of the program prior to departure. Information at the orientation will include what to do in an emergency, issues of culture shock and guidelines to have a successful experience.
Step 8: Take Off!
With passport and boarding pass, in hand it’s time for the adventure to begin! ETC will be with you throughout your time abroad, available to both you and your family in case any concern may arise.