For college students who have to follow a set track of classes, studying abroad can be difficult...
For college students who have to follow a set track of classes, studying abroad can be difficult
during the year. Think about studying, interning or working abroad during the summer or even
after you have completed your core coursework requirements. Most schools have a general
education language requirement which can be completed over a few months in the summer, or look for
summer programs specifically geared toward certain disciplines. Oftentimes, discipline specific
courses, internships, and work opportunities abroad are planned for graduate students, but if you
are interested in participating while still an undergraduate don't be afraid to contact program
representatives-- many times, these programs are flexible.
For students, who are unable to study abroad until all their coursework is completed,
consider 'walking' at your graduation ceremony in the spring, then completing your study abroad
program during the summer and officially graduating at the end of the summer term. You should be
aware that some programs prefer continuing students over graduating seniors, so again, talk to an
advisor or program representative about your situation. Let them know you are serious about it and
they will probably be accomodating.