Studying abroad is an enriching and eye-opening adventure, where learning extends far beyond the classroom. The experience will expose you to new ways of thinking, living, and viewing the world. Benefits include the opportunity to learn about another culture firsthand, learn an entirely new language or become fluent in one you have already studied, you can travel, fulfill major and minor coursework requirements, and develop new intellectual pursuits, skills, and perspectives. By living within another culture, you are likely to gain a new understanding of, and perhaps even appreciation for, the United States and its way of life. You can also expect to make friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime.
By studying abroad, you will learn life lessons that could never be taught in class, read in a book, or even taught by your parents. It's self-empowerment, something you have to strive for....all by yourself. So ready...set...GO."
Employers increasingly seek graduates who have international experience, and a study abroad experience will enhance your employability. International knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are skills enhanced through study abroad that are important to employers in various fields.
Early planning is the key to success. Thousands of opportunities exist; they differ in location, duration, curriculum, language, degree of cultural immersion, cost, and many other factors.
Before researching programs you will want to have made some preliminary decisions as to the type of experience you want to have. Start by realistically assessing your academic and personal preparation and your objectives. Consider the following questions to help you think about the kind of study abroad experience that would be the right “fit” for you. Then read the short online article How to Decide Where to Study.
- Where do you want to go? Why?
- Do you want to study in a less-developed or more-developed country?
- Do you want to be in a big city or a small town/rural area?
- What do you want or need to study to meet academic objectives?
- Are there specific academic requirements that you need to fulfill during study abroad?
- Are you fluent enough in a foreign language to take classes, write papers, and take notes, or will you need to take some or all of your coursework in English?
- Are you interested in taking courses on the language and culture of the host country?
- What do you want or need to study to meet personal objectives?
- To what extent do you wish to integrate yourself into the host culture?
- How much contact do you want with other Indian students?
- Would you feel more comfortable with the services of a resident director or are you confident you can handle problems on your own?
- Do you prefer to participate in planned excursions included in the program or to arrange your own sightseeing and travel?
- Do you want to live in a university dormitory?
- Would you prefer to live in an apartment?
- Do you want to live with other Indian or with local students?
- Do you want to live with a local family?
- How much time can you afford to spend abroad in terms of economic resources?
- How much money can you spend on the study abroad experience? Consider not only tuition and fees, but also housing and food, personal expenses, and international travel.
- Do you need to apply for financial aid? Is it available to you?
- Are you willing/able to take out loans or use personal funds in order to pay for study abroad?
- Are there scholarships that you might be eligible for to help fund your study abroad?
- Do you have the language skills required for the program?
- Do you have time to apply before the application deadline?
How long do you want to study abroad (academic year, semester, summer, special short term program)?
No. most of the programs are taught in English and it’s available all over the world – not just native English speaking countries. If you participate in a program where English is not the native language, you will likely have the opportunity to take local language courses as part of your program. The following countries are just some of the non-native English speaking countries offering courses taught in English: Austria, Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Norway, Japan, Thailand, Denmark, and China. Beginning level instruction in the language of the host country is usually included in such programs.
Yes, you can! Generally, all financial aid awards, including loans, grants, and scholarships, are applicable for most of the programs. Financial aid packages are reevaluated to consider the cost of a specific program, and aid packages may be adjusted (up to the maximum eligibility amount) according to the modified cost of the study abroad program. Students may also be able to receive additional loans to help finance their study abroad.
Keep in mind that the cost of participation in a program depends on a host of factors and these should be taken into consideration as you select the program that is right for you. These factors include the type of study program, duration of program, location, cost of living in host country, exchange rates, etc.
Yes. Most of the European countries are offering free programs or with a minimal. If you are set on one particular city, you may not find scholarships or lower cost programs there. Instead, focus on a region, country, or language area, and find the program which best suits your budget.
The options range from apartments, to residential halls, to homestays with families and are dependent on the program that you choose.
Yes. A variety of general education courses are offered within most study abroad programs.