Why Study Abroad

  • Personal enrichment
  • Improve academic performance
  • Increase job competitiveness
  • Develop knowledge of other cultures, and more importantly—oneself.

The Big 3 Questions

  • Is it safe?
  • Will it delay my graduation?
  • Can I afford it?

Major Types of International Education Programs

Exchange Program

A reciprocal agreement between schools in which students attend the host school for 1 or 2 semesters

Short-term and Long-term Study Abroad

Special programs designed for international students in the host country (1 week to 1 year)


 Sometimes internships are combined with both types of programs.

Service Learning Trips

 Programs designed for credit or to meet service learning requirements and involve some kind of project oriented work in the host culture.

Where to Look and Who to Ask

  • Investigate the website of your intended transfer institution – or any you might be considering.
  • Find programs at other universities online.
  • Be familiar with websites like Transitions Abroad
  • Find the staff person at the office that handles international education—most often, someone will have the title “study abroad advisor”.

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Study Abroad Programs

  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • What part of my academic plan will this fulfill?
  • Will the credit transfer to my home institution?
  • What are the total costs for me to participate?
  • How defined is the program integrity?

Financial Planning for Study Abroad

Goal setting is achievable in you give yourself enough time.

  • Financial aid for credit that fulfills your academic plan will generally be applied whether you are in-country or out of the country. Also, additional living expenses are sometimes calculated in.
  • Think long-term for big ticket purchases.
  • Investigate scholarships (ask, ask, ask).

Planning Guidelines

  • Explore programs (at least one or more years before)
  • Apply for passport (as soon as you know you want to do study abroad)
  • Select program and make appointment with academic advisor to review the program (6 -8 months before application deadline)
  • Apply for scholarships and financial aid (3 months to one year before departure)
  • Arrange for any medical needs (3-4 months before departure)
  • Prepare for the program and departure (semester prior to departure)

Imagine studying with the tropical rain forest over your shoulder! 

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