Communitycollege-How to Study Abroad (Steps)
There are many steps involved in study abroad for community college students, so plan ahead. Here is how you can get started.
1. Talk with a study abroad or academic advisor: Your study abroad or academic advisor can help you understand how study abroad fits in with your academic plan and find out which programs are available. Many community colleges don’t have official study abroad offices. If yours doesn’t talk with a academic advisor, financial aid advisor or someone from the admissions office.
2. Research study abroad programs: Choose a program that fits your academic, professional, and personal goals for study abroad. Be sure to visit “How to Choose the Right Program” for tips on choosing the right study abroad program for you. Search DiversityAbroad.com for Study Abroad, Intern Abroad, and Degree Abroad programs.
3. Apply for study abroad programs: Programs fill up quickly, so turn your application in early, if possible. Also remember, the sooner you turn your application in the more likely you are to get funding from study abroad organizations.
4. Get courses approved: See your academic or study abroad advisor and discuss what classes you will take abroad. Get your classes approved before going abroad to ensure that you earn credit for them. Also, make sure that any credit you earn abroad can be transferred to a four-year university.
5. Apply for financial aid: Apply early for scholarships, grants, federal or personal student loans to help reduce the cost of study abroad. Ask your academic or study abroad advisor about grants your school may provide. If you are not going to a school-sponsored program, contact your program and ask about financial aid. Always remember that personal fundraising is another way to raise money for study abroad – Remember, each year you’re given a set amount of financial aid. If you use financial aid for summer study abroad you will have less to use during the school year.
6. Prepare to go abroad: Before you leave, you should
A. Get your passport (and visa if necessary).
B. Get your passport (and visa if necessary).
C. Learn how to protect your health and safety abroad.
D. Arrange your flights or other transportation.
E. Purchase travel insurance.
F. Get your International Student ID.
H. Take care of your personal business.
• Where do I look for information about the program?
• How do I apply to study abroad?
• What GPA do I need to study abroad? Who will my professors be? Who will my classmates be?
• Do I have to know a foreign language in order to go abroad?
• Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?
• Will I get credit for classes I take abroad?
• How much will it cost to study abroad? Is it expensive?
• What is included in the program cost?
• Can I use financial aid to study abroad?
• Can I use financial aid to cover travel expenses?
• What documents will I need to go abroad?
• What should I pack?
• How will I travel to and from the program destination?
• How will I get around at the program destination?
• How will I obtain/exchange money?
• Do I need insurance?