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Information about Studying Abroad

November 15, 2010 / Posted by in Blog

By Kara Scozzari

One of the most unique opportunities attending a university can provide, is the option to study in a foreign country. For many students the process of deciding where to study, filling out applications, and the overwhelming thought of packing up and leaving the US can be stressful. Here is a quick guide to the basics of studying abroad, including the types of programs that are offered, how to begin the process, how to afford it, and some reasons why you should go for it!

Colleges offer many different types of study abroad programs. Managed programs are exactly as they sound; the home institute manages them. They have originated, or are currently administered, by the university’s faculty or staff. This could mean the home university owns overseas facilities, or it may send faculty abroad with the students. Approved programs are those that have no direct ties to the home university, but have been approved for students to study there. Exchange programs are those in which a US student switches places with a student at another school. In many cases, the students will pay their same college tuition during the exchange.

Students can choose to study abroad for a semester, a summer session, a winter session, or a full year. The best way to begin getting organized is to make a checklist and follow it, for example:
• Attend a general information session or visit the study abroad office on your campus
• Make a list of the criteria you are looking for in your abroad university
• Research programs in the country of your choice that meet your criteria
• Apply!

Many students and their families question if they will have enough money to afford this type of program. There are options on how to handle this problem, including scholarships, loans, or simply saving very early on. There is also the option of choosing a program where you continue to pay your home institute’s tuition, while receiving your normal scholarships and/or financial aid.

There are many amazing reasons why studying abroad can benefit a student. Here are our top 7:
1. Internship or volunteer opportunities available
2. Personal growth
3. Learn a new language
4. A new outlook on world affairs
5. Looks great on a resume!
6. Make new friendships
7. Have new cross-cultural experiences

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