Which Program Is Right for Me?

Our program managers are available to help guide you in this important decision, but you will want to consider a few important factors. Listed below are some questions that may help you make a more informed decision.

  • Which aspects of study abroad are most important to me?
    • Travel?
    • Language Study?
    • Culture?
    • Locale?
    • Curriculum?
  • Where can I get the courses I need and still stay on track for graduation?
  • Do I know the language?
    • If not, how can I learn it?
  • How long and when do I want to study abroad?
    • The academic year?
    • A semester?
    • Summer?
  • If so, which semester?
    • Fall, spring, or summer?
    • Am I flexible on which semester I want to study abroad?
  • Would I prefer a small town or a big city?
  • Would I prefer to study abroad with other Americans, with students of the host country, or a combination of both?
  • What sort of living situation is right for me?
    • Do I want to live with a host family?
    • Am I better suited for a dorm environment?
  • How competitive is the program I'm applying to?
    • Some programs are more popular than others
    • Fall programs may be less competitive than spring
    • Which other program(s) should I apply to, in case I don't get into my first choice?
  • Am I better suited for a site with special learning opportunities?
    • Internships
    • Service work