Study Abroad

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Studying Abroad

ISA Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, is set in the lush Central Valley of the Costa Rican highlands. As the cultural, economic, and political center of the country, San Jose is where the majority of Costa Ricans live, work, study,...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Ecology Conservation Program in Scotland

Natural beauty and heritage come to mind when one thinks of beautiful, green Edinburgh, Scotland. Inland cliffs, freshwater streams, woodlands and grasslands provide a bountiful habitat and make this the ideal Ecology study abroad program. In the classroom, students will take...

Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad
API at Universidad Veritas in San Jose

Experience the beautiful blend of a thriving urban environment surrounded by a flourishing rainforest! Studying at Universidad Veritas is perfect for students who are looking for a city life experience as well as the opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy...

Academic Programs International
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
BU Study Abroad: Madrid Spanish and European Studies Program

Boston University invites students to take part in the Madrid Spanish and European Studies Program. The program combines Spanish language with English-taught courses that focus on Spanish and European history, art, culture, and politics. Students with no or little background...

Boston University Study Abroad
Study Abroad in Montpellier, France

Study abroad in the vibrant city of Montpellier, and experience its centuries-old history of social tolerance and intellectual advances. Program participants get the chance to enjoy the student-centered community, nightlife, and college-town atmosphere. Students can choose from beginning, intermediate, and...

The University of Minnesota
Study Abroad in Shanghai, China

Panrimo offers study abroad programs in Shanghai, China. Program participants will be enrolled at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. They can take courses in the following terms: - Summer: 2 courses, equal to 6 US/Canadian credits - Spring semester: 4 courses, equal to...

Forum Europe Summer 2016: Travel around 8 Cities in 1 Month

Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn up to 7 credits in the summer while studying in 8 amazing European cities. Students from the U.S. and other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and...

University of East Anglia - Study Abroad

Study abroad for one semester or a full year in the beautiful medieval city of Norwich in the East of England just 2 hours from London. The University of East Anglia (UEA) is based on a campus that provides top...

University of East Anglia
Brockport's Ireland: Griffith College Dublin Program

Brockport's Griffith College Program offers participants the opportunity to enroll directly in courses and programs offered by this centrally-located university-level institution in the heart of Dublin. Founded in 1974, Griffith College is Ireland's largest private third level institution and all...

The College at Brockport (SUNY)
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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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