USI Study Abroad Programs In This Country:
Attending a study abroad information session will help you get started in planning a study abroad experience. Information sessions are designed to help you narrow down your choices according to courses offered, timeframe, finances, & interest. After attending an information session, you will have an opportunity to set up a meeting with a study abroad advisor to discuss your plans further.
Study Abroad Information Sessions 2012-13
What To Consider: Important Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Program
Choosing a study abroad program that will be the right fit can be difficult. While you are researching the opportunities, keep in mind some of the following questions:
The Fundamental Question
Why do I want to study abroad, and what do I hope to gain from such an experience?
What goals do I hope to attain from my experience abroad? (i.e. mastering a language, pursuing a specific hobby or area of interest?)
What skills do I already have and how developed are they?
What countries, regions, climates, etc. would I be comfortable living in and where would I definitely be unwilling to go?
When would be the ideal time to go? How long would I like to stay?
What are my preferences regarding a living situation (on my own, home stay, with other American students, with native/local students)?
Would I prefer total immersion in a culture or would I rather have other exchange students around? Am I willing to accept the possible loneliness of going overseas without a built-in network?
What financial limitations do I need to take into consideration?
How much time can I take out of my academic schedule to go abroad?
How important is it to stay on a four year schedule?
Would I prefer classes in English or in another language?