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What if a student's major does not permit him/her to study abroad? How can he/she still study abroad?

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  • mentor picture Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Even if your school does not offer a specific program for a student’s major, they probably can...
    Even if your school does not offer a specific program for a student’s major, they probably can find one at another institution. Go to your Study Abroad Office for more information or do research by yourself. Most schools allow students to travel with another school and still receive the same amount of credit. Students may also want to consider studying abroad over summer as well. There are many summer programs that offer great opportunities as well as credit. If some students too busy during the year to study broad, going in the summer would be a great option.
  • mentor picture Amy
     
    Amy
    Graduate Student
    UCLA
    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.
 
 
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