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…”