Study Abroad

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ISA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Florence, located in the heart of Tuscany, is a medieval city that clearly stands out as a cultural, historical, and academic center. With a population of roughly 380,000 people, Florence is a city vast in area but effortlessly maintains its...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA in partnership with Globalinks: Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast is a vibrant city that is constantly buzzing with music festivals, sporting events, food and wine festivals, and cultural events. Located in the state of Queensland, the Gold Coast is one hour south of Queensland's capital city...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Budget Study Abroad With CSA

Budget study abroad worldwide. Low prices, high quality. academic programs. Open to all. Easy to register. Quick confirmation. Earn college credit. Flexibility with program, housing, travel, and payment.. Credit cards accepted.. Since 1990. See CSA website for details.

Center For Study Abroad (CSA) - Low Cost Academic Programs Worldwide
Affordable, Comprehensive Study and Intern Abroad Programs!

CISabroad study and intern abroad programs are some of the most affordable, comprehensive program packages available. We also don't cut any corners by offering everything you would expect from an overseas program: tuition, housing, support before, during and after; insurance,...

CISabroad
Siena Italian Studies Program

Participants are immersed in Italian Language and culture during semester, academic year and summer programs. Courses include: Anthropology, Art History, Cinema, Medieval History, Sociolinguistics, History of Italian Cooking, Business, Creative Arts. Students live with local host families while making...

Siena Italian Studies Program
Discover Ecology - Summer Program in Scotland

Students in the environmental sciences and ecology fields, as well as anyone interested in learning about environmental management and conservation, will find this unique and exclusive Adelante program in Scotland very beneficial to their academic and career development. Scotland is...

Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad
Master in Interior Design for Luxury Living - IED Rome

On completion of the Specialization Course in Interior Design for Luxury Living, students will be able to develop complex and sophisticated projects for the residential, hospitality (Hotels, Spas & Resorts) and retail sectors, utilizing and reinterpreting classic competencies from the...

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design
1-to-1 Chinese Immersion Language School

Konall Culture Exchange is a comprehensive Mandarin training institute committed to delivering intensive and affordable 1-to-1 language programs that cater to serious students of the Chinese language in an academically minded setting. We offer a full range of courses in...

Konall Culture Exchange: Year Round
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Students enjoying a Study Abroad program in Europe.

How to Study Abroad

The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad

Why are there so many students who would like to study abroad but so few that actually go? The answer could be as simple as not knowing where to start. GoAbroad lists over 30,000 programs along with tools to help you find the perfect one. Just follow the steps to get you there.

Step 1: Find A Program

Programs can be searched by specific location, area of study, length of stay, and region. GoAbroad offers access to expert advisors through the Online Advisor. Take less than two minutes to fill out a form about your interests and the team will respond within 48 hours with more information and specific programs that match your needs.  

Who To Talk To:

  • Resources. GoAbroad Online Advisor, Study Abroad Office, Financial Aid Office, Registrars, your parents, and program alumni. Program alumni will give you the scoop.
  • Research. Read reviews of programs and countries. Read interviews with program alumni and staff. Request alumni contacts from the program so you can speak directly to a past participant.

What To Think About:

  • Locations. If you have several places you are interested in, browse some articles about them. GoAbroad lists comprehensive country guides along with articles that cover topics like: Top 10 Places To See, Etiquette, Culture, Interesting Programs, and many more.
  • Educational Benefits. This is a great chance to fill in any holes in your program. Maybe you’re studying oceanography in a landlocked state or art in a less than artistic place. SCUBA dive in Borneo while taking marine biology or visit the Louvre after art history class in Paris.
Step 2: How to Pay for it

An international education does not have to be expensive. Something can be found for every budget. Some providers offer discounts and scholarships for things like early enrollment or volunteering during your stay. 

This will likely be an important issue with your parents if they are involved in your finances so be sure to share these tools with them (Check out these articles if you want tips on how to convince your parents or on how to talk to them about studying abroad).

Financial aid may apply! If you are currently receiving a grant or scholarship, especially if supplied by the government, chances are it can be used for studying abroad. Contact your financial aid office. Choosing an approved study abroad program through an accredited U.S. school is the simplest and surest way to know aid will apply.

$cholarships and Loans. Check out these tools for advice on finding funding and applying.

Crowdfunding. This is an organized way to receive financial support from friends, family, and anyone else who thinks you have a good idea. Online platforms allow aspiring travelers to create a personalized campaign about the international adventure they hope to undertake. Campaigns can be as interactive as a participant’s motivation allows and successful campaigns have raised thousands of dollars to send people across borders. Visit FundMyTravel to start a campaign and read about the success of others.

Federal Student Aid is a priceless tool. This site actually has a list of the hundreds of schools currently participating in federal student aid programs. It is updated quarterly and organized alphabetically and by country so it is reliable and easy to search.

Step 3: Apply and Prepare

The organization you apply through will provide extensive help in your application process. Typical programs include assistance with your application, the Visa process if needed, signing up for courses, finding housing, airport pick-up, international health insurance, and even events and excursions. 

General Travel Recommendations.

  • Learn some useful phrases before departure if studying in a country that speaks another language
  • Have contact information for your host family, on-site coordinator, and Country-specific Embassy information on you while traveling to your program location.
  • Don’t expect it to be like home. Things will be different and no matter how much you prepare there will be an adjustment period.

Arrange Before you go. Each location and experience will call for different things but here a few things that everyone needs to arrange.

  • Passport. You will need to submit an extensive application most likely, so plan ahead because it takes several weeks! 
  • Vaccines & Health. Look up your location to see which vaccinations and medications (if any) you need to have before you leave. Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Travelers’ Health section.

Packing. Many providers and study abroad offices will have recommended lists but consider these factors: 

  • Weather. Think beyond your home location. You may live by the beach but travel to the mountains. Will there be a season change while you’re there? 
  • Luggage Restrictions. These seem to be getting more and more strict so check with your airline and weigh your bags. If your travel includes multiple airlines, the itinerary will say which airline’s baggage rules apply. Put an extra set of clothes in your carry-on.  
  • Recreation. What do you hope to do? Hiking, camping, surfing, dancing all night? Many campuses have gear rental options or some equipment can be purchased very cheaply after arrival. 
  • Pack for two weeks. The items you would need for two weeks can get you through a semester. It’s a good standard of time to use.
  • Toiletries. Bring a few necessities to get you through the initial days but then buy at location if possible. 
  • Gifts. Many cultures have strong traditions regarding arriving empty handed. Bring your host family or roommate a gift from home.  
  • Go Light. Take only what you need then take half of it out and leave it behind.

 

Step 4: Returning Home

Sorry, you typically have to come back. Although many students choose to prolong their stay by adding another semester or finding internships. Either way, the return can be bittersweet. You will bring many things back home but also leave much behind. Life After Study Abroad is a website and publication dedicated to helping you: 

  • Use your skills back home
  • Keep your language abilities
  • Maintain contact with your friends and contacts
  • Put it on your resume and get an awesome job
  • Go abroad again
Annie Bierbower

Originally from Nebraska, Annie has a BA in Mass Media Communications and a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has dreamed of traveling for as long as she can remember, and spent a semester studying in Lima, Peru. After graduation, she worked for a newspaper and in bilingual customer service before finding her ideal position as Content Manager for GoAbroad in the U.S.