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GHSA Key Dates

Deadline Requirements


August 1: Psychology Department Online Application Portal Opens

All students participating in a study abroad program are required to first fill out a FIU Study Abroad Program Online Application via the Department of Psychology link. Please note that the required Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application is not available until October 1; not completing the OEA application on time will NOT affect our consideration of your application. For the OEA application, select the LOGIN option on the upper right hand section of the page. Please note that there are several documents you will be required to submit as part of this application process, so start applying early!


October 1: FIU Education Abroad Online Application Portal Opens

All students should first fill out the Psychology Department Online Application (see above). Then be sure to complete the OEA application by the posted date; just select the LOGIN option on the upper right hand section of the page. Please note that there are several documents you will be required to submit as part of this application process, so start working on this application before the October 1st deadline.


November 1: Offical Application Deadline

The GHSA Program uses a rolling admission process. This means students applications will be reviewed as they are received and decisions will be made within two weeks of this review. For this reason, students are encourged to apply earlier than this deadline. Applications made after November 1st are less likely to be considered as we have always filled the available slots by this date.


December 1: Selected Participants Notified

All students fully accepted into the program and those who have been wait listed will be contacted by email by 11pm on this date. This email will provide information about what next steps are required and key due dates.


December 15: First GHSA Program Payment Due

The first GHSA Program payment is due at 5pm today. Payment information will be posted in your Student Financials sections of Panthersoft.


January 15: Second GHSA Program Payment Due

The second GHSA Program payment is due at 5pm today. Payment information will be posted in your Student Financials sections of Panthersoft.


February 1: Scan of Passport Photo Page Due

One of the early excursions we take is into the tribal villages. To get there we will be taking an overnight train ride. In preparation for this trip, everyone must email Dr. Stephens a scanned copy of the full first photo page of your passport; your train ticket cannot be booked without this per Indian Government regulations.


February 15: Third GHSA Program Payment Due

The third GHSA Program payment is due at 5pm today. Payment information will be posted in your Student Financials sections of Panthersoft.


February TBA: Family & Friends' Get Together

We realize that your family or significant others may be interested in finding out more about your trip, and wanting to meet some of the people you will be traveling with. So we will be hosting a get together for all participants and their family/ friends on Saturday February TBD from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Dr. Stephens's home. This is an optional event; you are not required to attend.


February TBA: Mandatory GHSA Fellows Meeting (Academic Preparation)

To keep the airfare costs low and ensure everyone arrives together, we are making a group booking for our flights. Additionally, students must fly to India as a group as the transfer to Mysore are included in the cost of the program. To start the group fare booking process, everyone will make a one time $100 non- refundable deposit for their airplane ticket. This $100 will go toward your total flight fare costs which will be due one week later. At this time, students planning to travel to other countries at the end of the program must let the travel agent know they only need a one way ticket. They also have the option of booking their post- program travel plans with the travel agency.



March 1: Office of Study Abroad Administrative Fee Payment Due

All students participating in a study abroad program at FIU must pay a non-refundable administration fee of $175. Payment information will be posted in your Student Financials sections of Panthersoft.


March 15: Airfare Purchased

To keep the airfare costs low and ensure everyone arrives together, we are making a group booking for our flights. Additionally, students must fly to India as a group as the transfer to Mysore are included in the cost of the program. To start the group fare booking process, everyone will make a one time $100 non- refundable deposit for their airplane ticket. This $100 will go toward your total flight fare costs which will be due one week later. At this time, students planning to travel to other countries at the end of the program must let the travel agent know they only need a one way ticket. They also have the option of booking their post- program travel plans with the travel agency.



March TBA: Mandatory GHSA Fellows Meeting (Cultural Humility)

This orientation meeting will provide students with information specific to India and our program. We will discuss cultural values, awareness and cross cultural respect. Prior GHSA Fellows will also attend to share their experiences.


April 15: Final GHSA Program Payment Due

The fourth GHSA Program payment is due at 5pm today. Payment information will be posted in your Student Financials sections of Panthersoft.


April TBA: Mandatory GHSA Fellows Meeting (Safety & Travel)

This orientation meeting will provide students with information specific to India and our program. We will discuss specific travel plans, health and safety issues specific to Mysore, appropriate packing planning, and details about tourist experiences in the region.


April TBA: Completed Medical Information Forms Due

All participants are required to submit a medical information form. The form must be filled out by your physician or family doctor and must be submitted to the Office of Study Abroad between 45– 21 days prior to your program departure.


April TBA: Course Registration Form Due

This required form with Drs. Stephens signatures will be provided for you during the Mandatory Meeting this month; however, each GHSA Fellow must confirm which courses they need to take with their advisor. Students will only be registered for the courses that they’ve listed on their Course Registration Forms.


May TBA: Mandatory OEA Travel Safety Meeting

All FIU students travelling abroad are required to attend this meeting. The OEA will be going over university travel policies that include issues pertaining to safety, curriculum, and general conduct. You cannot travel as part of our program if you do not attend one of their in person or online sessions.


May TBA: Mandatory GHSA Fellows Meeting (Departure & Travel Instructions)

This final pre- departure meeting will provide GHSA Fellows with information specific to our travel plans. We will discuss final departure issues including where to meet the driver upon arrival, host gifts, and international travel suggestions.