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Student study abroad toolkit

Students studying abroad don’t have to miss out on making their voice heard in the 2016 election.


Voters abroad use a special process to get and return their ballot. For example, they can have an absentee ballot emailed to them wherever they are in the world.

The materials below are for communicating voting instructions to students studying abroad. You are welcome to customize these materials as you see fit.

We encourage students to apply for their ballot before they travel abroad.


Website information

  • Citizens abroad voter information
    How can students studying abroad apply for an absentee ballot? When can they apply? How and when do they return their ballot? Direct your students to this page to get these questions answered.

Application link


  • Factsheet for student orientation
    This one-page document provides information about voter registration, absentee ballot application, and ballot completion and return. Post this document on your school’s website and include in any electronic or print manuals for students studying abroad.

    Copy and paste the text version of this document directly into orientation manuals or on a website.

Email reminders

  • Emails to Students Studying Abroad
    Send these short, time-specific email reminders to your students studying abroad. There are two emails, an initial email to be sent the week of August 29, and a reminder email for the week of October 3. 



Students who have questions about the process of voting from abroad should contact their county election office