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