October 1, 2008 : Jennifer Gelar
Studying abroad is a great option during the college years. Not only do you get to finish your required courses, but you get to do it in exotic places while learning more about the world and expanding your horizons. Studying abroad can definitely be a fun and delightfully rich experience. There are many options when it comes to studying abroad, so here are some tips to help you narrow it down.
Do a self-evaluation. What kind of a person are you? How far outside your comfort zone are you willing to step? How much money can you invest in your study abroad program?
If you are proficient in another language, studying abroad will also help your fluency. Do you want to learn another language, improve a language or study in English? It all depends on you to make the choices that will help you reach your future goals.
To be safe, do plenty of research. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor on campus and make use of the resources already available to you such as the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS) and the International Student Center. You’ll find many study abroad posters on their bulletin boards, and they have many catalogs and brochures for you take.
Contacting the university directly is the easiest way to get your specific questions answered as each country has their own rules and regulations and so do the individual universities in each country.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is accreditation. Some courses done in foreign universities may not be considered equally. You want to make sure that once you’ve done your courses abroad, the credits are transferable and that you will graduate on time!