Study Abroad Programs
Study abroad programs have been around for a long time. It’s a proven way to expand your horizons and provide a better understanding of different cultures, regions, and languages. Like any investment, think of both the costs and the benefits of studying abroad.
- Talk to students who have studied abroad
See what their experiences were like and what they learned. This can help you decide on a particular program or country where you might want to study.
- Consult with your academic advisor
Study abroad programs can be institution-approved or third-party programs. There may be significant differences between various programs’ cost and credit transferability. Many schools have advisors specifically for study abroad programs. They can help direct you to the country and institution that’s right for you. They can also help integrate your study abroad program with your degree program to ensure you receive appropriate credit for your studies.
- Investigate funding
Study abroad programs can be expensive. Beyond the cost of tuition, housing, and travel, you’ll be paying for meals, entertainment, shopping, and maybe an extra trip or two while you’re abroad. Some students can get scholarships and funding especially designed for study abroad. Investigate all the options for payment assistance. And plan ahead. With a little forethought, savings from summer jobs and part-time work during your early college years could help pay for you to study abroad later in college.