What should I consider when picking a program?

What are your goals for your study abroad experience? Make a list of 3 – 5 goals and rank them in order of importance. Bring your list of goals when you visit our office at 0018 Curtiss and we will help you match your goals to the program that is right for you.

Geographic interest: Do you have a specific city, country, region or continent you are interested in going to? Do you prefer a rural or urban setting? Keep in mind that if you go to the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite of the United States (and the academic calendar will be different as well)

Language interest: Have you studied or do you speak another language? Do you have an interest in learning or perfecting another language? There are many programs in countries where English is not the main language but you could take classes in English or work in an English-speaking setting. Would you be comfortable in a country where English is not the primary language?

Tolerance for risk and the unknown: Are you a risk taker or do you have an aversion to risky situations? How comfortable are you with “the unknown”? Are you able to be flexible or do you need a strict and unchanging schedule?

Program cost or financial consideration: Program costs vary for every program based on the location, length of the visit, financial assistance set aside, number of program leaders, etc. These costs can be a huge factor when considering a program, but there are several ways to off-set this cost through scholarships, financial aid, personal savings and much more.

Academic plan: It is important to talk with your academic advisor when choosing a program abroad. Academic advisors can help ensure that course credits and education requirements align correctly with your major and academic goals.