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Factors to Consider

1. Academic Program:

Are there  specific courses remaining in a student’s program? Flexibility is helpful since precise information about courses  may not be available until shortly before the program begins.

2. Language:

Consider opportunities to advance in a foreign language or learn one. Many programs are available in English, even in non-English speaking countries.

3. Location:

Major cities offer a lot of attractions, but it may be easier to meet people and feel at home in a medium-sized city or smaller town. Students can always visit larger cities during their own time off and during the weekends.

4. Accommodations: 

Living with a family, in a student residence or in an apartment involves different levels of independence and integration. Learn more about the housing options available with the program abroad.

5. Finances: 

Talk to the Study Abroad Advisor about the living and travel  costs associated with various programs. Complete a Study Abroad cost worksheet to begin thinking about the various costs associated with Studying Abroad.

6. Length of study:  

While a full year program may seem daunting, most students who go for a semester come back wishing that they had stayed for a full year. If students do not feel ready to miss a semester or year on campus, consider a Faculty-Led Program in the Summer, over Winter/Spring break or an independent program over the summer.

7. Dates:  

Students should decide when in their academic career they would like to study abroad: freshman through senior year.  Also consider the dates of the program abroad and how it aligns with their schedule and plans.