Studying abroad is such an amazing opportunity. You get to meet people from around the world, live in a new culture, and possibly even learn a new language. There are so many advantages to studying abroad, but before you can get to that once in a lifetime experience, there is a lot of work to be done.
I have learned a lot through the process of getting just to the application stage of studying abroad and there are a lot of things I wish I would’ve known. I’m going to share with you my process of getting from wanting to study abroad to applying to study abroad. Although it can be a long process, I guarantee it will be worth it.
On this post, I am going to include a general overview of my process in hopes that it can help you. I will also provide in-depth guides for each step to answer all of your questions. If there is anything you still have questions on, feel free to send me an email!
1. Evaluate your degree plan
You want to make sure that whichever study abroad program you choose has classes that can fit into your degree plan. Studying abroad doesn’t have to delay graduation! Read more about fitting study abroad into your degree plan here.
2. Pick the type of program
There are many different ways to study abroad. Check out what your university offers and don’t be afraid to talk to program advisors! Check out the rest of my tips here.
3. Pick your location
This can be one of the hardest parts. I personally wanted to study abroad everywhere, but since I was taking French I decided on France. Picking the city, however, was much more difficult. Read more about how to pick your location here.
4. Pick the study abroad company
If you chose a Transfer Credit program, then I’m sorry to say this, but this too can be one of the hardest parts. There are tons of companies all offering similar programs for similar prices. Read about how I chose my company here.
You’ve made it. You know where you’re going, what you’re studying, how that will go into your degree plan, and who you are traveling with. The application process is a bit easier since there are steps for which documents to turn in, but I still have a few tips to make that process even easier. Check them out here.