Interview Process

Interviews for the first round will take place with the faculty director from January 31-February 9. The faculty director will notify you via email with instructions on how to sign up for the interview. Interviews will last approximately 15 minutes.

The key to any successful interview is PREPARATION. Remember, these are academic programs. When preparing for your study abroad interview, you should have clearly defined goals and objectives for learning, and concrete reasons for why you want to study abroad in that given location. A good rule of thumb is to practice, plan, and organize your thoughts for your study abroad interview, just as you would for a job interview. Career Services' staff conduct practice interviews to help in your preparation.  Please contact either Career Resource Center (CSB: 320-363-5557; SJU: 320-363-3383) to set up a practice interview. Make sure to dress professionally and to read the current events of the host country before the interview.

Here are some examples of questions that will likely be asked during your interview:

  • How will this program fit with your academic plan?
  • How will this experience enhance your future career?
  • What skills, strengths, abilities and characteristics make you a strong applicant?
  • How do you contribute to a group?
  • What do you know about the host country?

You will also be asked specifically to address any violations that you have on your record.