Thinking about studying abroad? If you’re reading this, then you are at least considering making this part of your academic career.
First, you must be interested in spending time away from home and specifically the United States. Some students will study abroad for a few weeks, while others for a semester or more. It’s up to you which of these options to choose, but choose the one that is right for you.
Second, find out what partnerships your university has with institutions abroad. You want to be sure that any classes you take abroad will count toward your major or degree program in general.
Third, attend a study abroad fair at your university. Most will (or at least should) have one – maybe once a year, or once a semester. Go…talk to the professors and students representing the various locations. Ask questions about the courses, free time, living accommodations, etc. It might be best to make a list of things you are interested in knowing before attending the fair.
Fourth, talk to friends and classmates you know who have studied abroad. They are one of your best resources to ask about their experience – but keep in mind everyone’s experiences are different.
Fifth, be sure to talk with your parents and financial aid representative regarding the cost of the study abroad experience. Many universities will also offer study abroad scholarships, which are worth looking into. Often, the fees are tuition, airfare, living accommodations and some meals – but it depends on the type of study abroad experience you are partaking. For instance, the study abroad offerings through the European Council of Georgia include summer offerings. There are fess to the program which include your roundtrip airfare, accommodations (type varies depending on the country), basic health/medical policy, some meals, and possibly an excursion or two. Other expenses will include meals, weekend trips, other excursions, and don’t forget your souvenirs!
Don’t look at the cost of study abroad and think it’s not worth the expense. While expensive, there are many benefits to studying abroad which I will discuss in a later blog. If you have any questions, let me know by leaving a comment and I’ll do my best to answer 🙂
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