Study abroad opportunities are a special enrichment experience offered by many colleges. Study abroad can take on several forms:
- Taking a course that involves a trip abroad during a semester break
- Spending a semester studying at a college in another country
- Exchanging places with another student from another school
Study abroad can be an amazing experience that gives you an international perspective which can be valuable for almost any future career. Study abroad can be intimidating. Most campuses have an international studies office that can help you navigate through the preparation for a study abroad experience. Outlined below are some typical questions you might have about study abroad.
Question: Do you need to speak the language of the country where you study abroad?
Answer: No necessarily. Some international universities have special courses taught in English. But you’ll need to be comfortable enough with the language of country to get along with everyday activities.
Question: Will the courses you take at the international university transfer to your school?
Answer: You and your advisor will need to work this out in advance. But the transferability of courses should not be your main concern. Use the study abroad program as a cultural experience. Taking one or two general electives should be enough. Focus the rest of your courses on the cultural aspects of study abroad (e.g. history, literature, arts of the country)
Question: What will this cost?
Answer: Most universities have reciprocal arrangements with international universities where you pay the same tuition as you pay at your home school. You will have travel costs and living costs.
Question: Can you get scholarships for study abroad?
Answer: Yes, there are scholarships. Some universities have their own scholarships. There are also national programs available. Check out studyabroad.com/scholarships.aspx
Question: How long does the study abroad last?
Answer: Generally, one semester but you may choose to do this another time.
Question: What happens to my scholarships?
Answer: Most scholarships can be deferred or you can use your scholarship for study abroad.
Above are the most common questions students have concerning study abroad. You’ll need to check out local arrangements on your campus to make specific plans. In almost all cases, if you have a serious interest in study abroad you can make it happen..