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What should I consider when deciding where to study abroad?

8 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Peter
     
    Peter
    Junior Year Student
    Fairfield University
    I think you should do extensive research and then decide which program seems the most interesting...
    I think you should do extensive research and then decide which program seems the most interesting to you as well as works with your courses.
  • mentor picture Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Honestly, you should look at what the program offers and whether it will be helpful to what you...
    Honestly, you should look at what the program offers and whether it will be helpful to what you want to achieve or not. I don’t think you should go to a program abroad that offers no classes relevant to your major, and you shouldn’t go to a country that you have no interest in. The institution at which you are studying should be of extreme importance as well. In my time abroad in London I went to an American school, which I deeply regret because I wanted to meet British people and learn of their experiences. Although I did make British friends, I had to go out of my way to do so and I know some kids on my program did not interact with many British people at all. Cost should be a factor as well. Due to exchange rates, traveling anywhere in Europe will be much more expensive than going to places in Latin America, or Africa. I don’t think cost should be the determining factor –if you have your heart set on going to Paris you should do so, just take the appropriate steps to ensure that you are well prepared. Whether the program places you in a host family or provides food/housing is also important, and where the schooling and housing facilities are located should matter. Basically you should apply the same principles you used when deciding what college you wanted to go, where you wanted to live or any other important decision. Ask yourself “Is this program beneficial to me, in an environment where I can feel safe, in a good location near activities I enjoy, etc…”
  • mentor picture Irene
     
    Irene
    Junior Year Film Production Major
    Loyola Marymount University
    This is something that is very important to consider before turning in your application. My advice...
    This is something that is very important to consider before turning in your application. My advice would be to sit down with one of the counselors in the study abroad office and let them offer you advice depending on your major and interests. If there is program that is specifically for students with your major, but it is not a country you are particularly interested in, do more research. You may find that this country has so much more to offer than you thought.
  • mentor picture Priscilla
     
    Priscilla
    Graduate Student
    University of California at Berkeley
    It is most helpful to reflect on your major and which country would be most appropriate based on...
    It is most helpful to reflect on your major and which country would be most appropriate based on that. I was studying German literature and language when I decided to go abroad, so I could have chosen Germany, Austria or Switzerland. I decided to go to Germany, because I was intrigued by the history and the culture of Berlin, its capital city. The most important thing to keep in mind is that while some destinations may be more attractive or popular than others, it is best to contemplate what kind of opportunities are available to you in different countries and how they can help to advance your studies. In the end, no matter where you decide to study abroad, it will definitely be an irreplaceable experience.
 
 
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