Choosing a program

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.

Personal goals

  • 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)?

Identity abroad

  • 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?

Other considerations