Choosing to study abroad can be a life-changer. Those who have done it share that it gave them a different perspective of our world they couldn’t have achieved any other way. To make sure you’re staying on track to graduate and that it fits in your college budget, there are a few things to consider before booking your ticket.
Length and type of program
Study abroad programs are typically one semester long, but some may allow you to study for as little as one month or even as much as two semesters! There are different types of programs available:
- Faculty-led trips through your college
- Partner programs through a third-party service
- Pursuing your own experience by contacting a college abroad directly
Your major and classes
Most programs are tailored to ensure that classes are part of the general education curriculum or part of your major required classes. Some students may find it challenging to go abroad for a semester and stay on track to graduate in four years. Selecting the right study abroad experience and working with your academic advisor is key!
Study abroad checklist
Every college will put together their own requirements for students to be considered for study abroad. If the experience is international, you’ll also need these:
- Student visa
- International health insurance
- Required immunizations
In addition to regular tuition, students should expect to pay for visa and passport applications, program fees, airfare, international health insurance fee and immunizations. For some of these things, students can use their financial aid and scholarships. Don’t forget, you’ll probably have time for other excursions on the weekends, so you’ll need additional funds for that travel.
If you are interested in immersing yourself in another culture, this is your ticket!