When you’re choosing among study abroad programs, you’ll also need to decide what school you’ll want to attend. This requires time and research– about as much as it took when you were applying to your current school!
Each school will probably have different standards and regulations to consider. With persistence and a plan, you should have no problem deciding what study abroad programs are right for you.
Most colleges either operate study abroad programs at or have affiliations with schools in other countries. This makes the process of choosing a school easier because your adviser can provide you with a list of study abroad programs at the schools affiliated with your college. If this isn’t the case, you’ll want to choose a school where you can receive credit toward your degree.
Some students take courses in their major or minor fields of study. If you are undeclared, consider taking core courses or general electives during your academic studies abroad. Because there are so many study abroad programs at a variety of schools, you should be able to find a school that offers the programs and courses you need.
Time spent abroad can be an academic issue. The ideal amount of time to study abroad is generally one year. This will give you enough time to acquaint yourself with your surroundings so that it doesn’t seem like you’re returning from abroad almost as soon as you’ve arrived.
Of course, time spent studying abroad depends on many factors, such as course requirements, academic schedules and personal events. Make sure your study abroad plans do not conflict with your degree progress.
When looking at study abroad programs, always consider whether the credits you receive will transfer to your home school. Determining what credits transfer is not difficult. Your school’s Office of International Studies should be able to give you a guideline of what credits will transfer. However, before you leave, check with the department chairperson to determine if the corresponding courses abroad are considered equivalent to the courses at your home school. You will be required to repeat this process once you return.
At first it might seem that funding a study abroad program would be too expensive. Actually, studying abroad probably will not be much more expensive than what you’re currently paying.
Your college will be able to provide you with the cost of tuition and fees required for studying abroad. Most of the time you will pay your home school directly for tuition and fees because of its affiliation with study abroad programs. If this is not the case, there is a wide range of scholarships available, and student loans for studying abroad are easily attainable.
What school you should choose depends on a variety of factors, some personal and others objective. Regardless of your particular reason for choosing a country, hopefully you’ve learned what to consider when choosing a study abroad program.