Important Information for Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers

Each applicant is required to secure the certification of their application from their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers. Applications without these certifications will be disqualified. Applicants will register their Advisers as they complete the Embark online Freeman-ASIA application itself, and the Advisers will then receive log-in instructions via email, which will allow them to access their student's application to complete the certification process. Other than this registration, there is no specific sign-up process to become a Freeman-ASIA certifier.

Be aware that both Advisers must meet the adviser deadline (normally one week following the student deadline) in order for the application to be considered.

Please note that although applications do not have to be submitted to be certified, students must have completed the relevant information pertaining to each Adviser in order for their application to be certified.

Study Abroad Advisers

Applicants are required to reach out to their Study Abroad Adviser to discuss their study abroad plans, and confirm that their program meets the Freeman-ASIA eligibility requirements. It is important that students identify and communicate with the individual on campus best suited to certify their application. This person is normally a campus Study Abroad Adviser, or the individual who is most familiar with the study abroad program to which the student is applying. Other faculty or staff members who are not familiar with the study abroad program should not be asked to certify the application.

When students have completed (but not submitted) their portion of the application, they will be asked to register their Study Abroad Adviser using the recommendations portal of the Embark application. The Adviser will then receive an email with login information and instructions for completing the certification. They will then review the academic and programmatic information provided in the application, offering corrections or clarification to the student's responses where necessary. The application will be considered certified when the Adviser confirms in her/his response and/or corrections that the applicant and the program are eligible, and that the program is approved by the home institution.

Financial Aid Advisers

Each Freeman-ASIA application requires the certification of the applicant's Financial Aid Adviser. Applicants should plan to meet with their Financial Aid Adviser to discuss their financial need for study abroad. When students have completed (but not submitted) their portion of the application, they will be asked to register their Financial Aid Adviser using the recommendations portal of the Embark application. The Adviser will then receive an email with login information and instructions for completing the application certification. Financial Aid Advisers will review the financial aid and financial need information provided in the application, and offer corrections or clarification if necessary. The application will be considered certified when the Adviser confirms in their responses that the applicant meets the financial need requirements.

Applicants whose Financial Aid and Study Abroad Advisers are the same person should use the "dual adviser" option in the application. Do not register the same person twice.

Please direct any inquiries to Steven Dale at freeman-asia@iie.org