Study Abroad

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Studying Abroad

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ISA Study Abroad in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, has a population of around 1.4 million, which represents approximately one third of the population of the whole country. Situated in the north of New Zealand's North Island, Auckland occupies a narrow isthmus between two...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study Abroad in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina offers you unique opportunity to study in one of the top 10 world’s most beautiful cities known for its dreamlike authenticity, beautiful architecture, and rich history. Choose one of our study abroad programs and make your way to...

AUBiH
Xi'an Jiatong-Liverpool University, China

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a unique blend of East and West, jointly founded in China by the University of Liverpool and the Xi'an Jiaotong University. Established in 2006, the university has grown rapidly over the last six years. The university...

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Travel, Recharge and Create: Enroll for 2016 Arts Abroad

An important part of the creative process is taking the time for renewal, for experiencing new surroundings, and gaining new insights. For more than 30 years, the School of Visual Arts has created international programs for students to explore and...

School of Visual Arts
Athena Study Abroad, Summer in Kyoto, Japan

The three week long summer program in Japan is an enchanted cultural and artistic pilgrimage. The program will visit some of the most beloved sites of Kyoto, as well as often overlooked destinations, which will ensure a well-rounded immersion experience...

Athena Study Abroad
IES Abroad: Global Brilliance Begins Here

IES Abroad offers 130+ programs in more than 35 locations worldwide for undergraduate students. We're a little obsessed with study abroad, and not at all ashamed to admit it. We are a highly-charged force of study abroad enthusiasts. Every day we...

IES Abroad
KEI Study Abroad in Brisbane/Gold Coast, Australia

Study at Griffith University in one of their Gold Coast and Brisbane campuses. The University offers a wide range of courses in several areas of study. Students can earn a maximum of 18 credits in one semester. Programs are available...

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)
CAPA Shanghai Summer Global Business Program

In response to student demand to study in the economic capital of China, the world's 2nd largest economy, CAPA proudly offers this timely and innovative summer program. Shanghai (literally "the city on the way to the sea") is situated in...

CAPA International Education
Study Abroad at Curtin University

Curtin University of Technology has earned a reputation as a dynamic and innovative Australian university, and has gained recognition as a leading provider of education in the international arena. With students from over 100 countries, Curtin is an outstanding...

Curtin University
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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
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