Study abroad is not one-size-fits-all. What’s great for your friend or roommate may not be the best fit for you. There is a lot to think about as you choose your perfect study abroad program. Here are a few things we recommend considering.
- Why do you want to go abroad?
- What goals do you hope to accomplish?
- Does the program offer courses in your major(s) or minor to help keep you on track for graduation?
- What are the experiential learning opportunities?
- Are there internship/research/volunteer opportunities?
Program length and timing
- When do you want to go?
- How long to you need to be abroad to meet your goals?
- When does studying abroad fit into your degree plan best? Your academic adviser can help you figure this out.
- Where do you want to go? Don’t limit yourself to English-speaking countries. Courses taught in English are available on most of our programs.
- Do you want to be in an urban center or a rural community?
- Do you speak another language or want to learn one?
Cost and scholarships
- Does the cost of the program fit your budget?
- What is included in the cost of the program? What personal expenses do you need to budget for?
- What is the cost of living in the host city/country (e.g., meals, transportation, entertainment)?
- What scholarships are available?
- Are there country-specific scholarships available or scholarships offered by the program provider?
- Would you prefer a more structured, highly supportive program or a less structured, more independent program?
- Do you have a strong preference for the type of housing you will live in (e.g., residence hall vs. homestay)?
- What is the attitude toward your identity (i.e., race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, etc.) in the host city/country?
- If you have a disability, what kind of accommodations and accessibility are available where you would be living and studying?
- If you identify as LGBTQ+, are same-sex relationships legal?
- Is it safe for women to travel alone in the host city/country?