Making the Choice to Study Abroad

The goal in selecting a study abroad program is to find the best match between your objectives and what various programs have to offer. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What goals do I hope to attain from my experience abroad?
  • How adaptable am I to different ways of thinking and other cultures?
  • Do I need to study in a program related to my major, or can I choose one whose subjects apply primarily as electives?
  • Would I prefer a short-term international experience or as long a period abroad as possible?
  • Do I want to master a language, experiment with a new language, or enroll in an English speaking program?
  • Do I want to participate in an internship related to my career goals?
  • Do I want to live with host country students or families, other Americans, or independently?
  • How much can I afford to spend on an overseas program?
  • Am I academically eligible for the programs I want?