Study Abroad

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HOW TO STUDY ABROAD

The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad

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Study in England with the University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich Study Abroad programme provides students from around the world with the opportunity to study at Greenwich for a semester or academic year. During your time with us, you will earn academic credit that meets the degree...

University of Greenwich
Semester in Europe - 12 Countries in One Semester!

The Semester in Europe program is one of the most unique experiences in study abroad. Over the course of one semester, you will travel with your classmates and professors to approximately 25 remarkable cities that have shaped world history and...

Global Semesters
CEA Study Abroad in London, England

Choose the academic program that best suits your college degree and general elective needs. Choose from a variety of different academic in the areas of business, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, International Internship and more – each designed to localize your...

CEA
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)
API in Florence

Be inspired by immaculate Renaissance architecture, passionate art pieces, as well as a vibrant and historical culture! Florence is arguably one of the most desirable cities in the world and offers a great learning environment as well as opportunities for...

Academic Programs International (API)
CAPA Buenos Aires Program

The CAPA Buenos Aires Program offers students an opportunity to engage with Latin American culture and either start or continue to study Spanish. This program offers Beginner to Advanced Spanish as well as a range of courses taught in English....

CAPA International Education
University of Idaho - Japan

The University of Idaho is pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity to learn more about Japan, its language, people and culture. Our programs are open to all English-speaking students in good class standing as well as post-graduates...

KCP International Japanese Language School
John Cabot University Welcomes Students from the US

Give yourself a true education abroad experience in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University (JCU) and enhance your international awareness! Students who come have the challenge and satisfaction of contributing to building a global community and gaining an international...

John Cabot University
Sorrento: Spring Semester Program at Sant'Anna Institute

Study in the unspoiled scenery of the Amalfi Coast. Be unique and study outside of the major Italian cities with the authentic traditions of southern Italy. Study abroad and Italian language programs in Italy have traditionally focused on the popular cultural...

Sant'Anna Institute
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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.