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Exploring Global Programs: FAQ

Posted on November 07, 2019

It's natural to have questions about study abroad and global programs. Below are just some examples we've received from students throughout the years.

It's natural to have questions about study abroad and global programs. Below are just some examples of questions we've received from students during The Passport Tour and on

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Why should I study abroad?

There are many reasons why you should study abroad. Study abroad is a challenge, and you will learn and grow in many ways. By experiencing a new culture and maybe even a new language, you will benefit personally, educationally, and professionally.

How can I afford to study abroad?

Although it's true that study abroad can be pricey and expensive, that shouldn't deter you from making it happen! Just like choosing to go to college can be an expensive decision, it is a worthwhile investment in your future. Study abroad can be affordable if you plan ahead and spend time exploring your existing options; such as reviewing your Financial Aid package, saving up from working extra hours, arranging fundraisers, or applying for the thousands of dollars worth of scholarships available to go abroad. Scholarships can come from your school, your community, private companies, your study abroad program provider, your academic department, and of course from us! Explore our Scholarships portal to find a scholarship today.

How do I choose a study abroad program? What should I look for?

Everyone has something different that they are looking for in study abroad. Maybe you want to study a foreign language and experience another culture, or perhaps you want to learn more about the country your ancestors came from. Thinking about your expectations and goals can help you choose a program, but remember to be flexible and that there may not be a program that perfectly fits what you're looking for.

What will it be like once I'm abroad?

Each destination is unique. To get an idea of what it is like, you can research information on the culture, food, and weather of that city and country. Another way to find out more about the location is to talk to people who have visited there, especially if they have participated in the program you are considering. Explore our Destination Guides to find out more about different countries around the world.

How long should I study abroad?

An ideal length of time to study abroad for many students is for at least at semester, but remember that study abroad opportunities can range anywhere from ten days to a year. If you have family obligations or other commitments, you may want to consider short-term or summer study abroad. No matter what the length of your program is, your time abroad will be valuable.

Where do I look for information about a program I'm interested in?

Many programs have a website and/or informational brochures which are a good starting point for finding out more about that program. If you have additional questions, a study abroad adviser at your campus, a mentor, or the program adviser can help answer your questions. If you are still looking into a program, use our Match Me tool to get started. You can also learn more by exploring the Study Abroad Programs portal on Diversity Abroad.

Where should I study abroad?

There are hundreds of study abroad opportunities offered throughout the world. One way to narrow down where you'd like to go is to think about what kinds of qualities you are looking for in a location. Would you prefer an urban or a rural setting? Do you want to go to an English-speaking country or somewhere where you will use a foreign language? You will also want to consider affordability and safety as you choose a destination. Consult our Destination Guides to learn more.

Where will I be living?

Different programs have different housing options. Most students who study abroad live dorms, apartments, or homestays. The particular housing options available to you will depend on the program.

What GPA do I need to study abroad?

The minimum GPA varies because each study abroad program sets its own requirements. In addition to a GPA requirement there may be other academic prerequisites you must fulfill before studying abroad. Check with the programs you are interested in for any specific requirements. Make an appointment with an academic or study abroad advisor to inquire more about the program you're interested in most.

Who will my professors and classmates be?

Depending on what kind of program you choose, your professors may be from your own university, from the host country, or a combination of the two. Students may be other American students, international students, or students from the host country. Likewise, the staff can also vary.

For example, if you go on a Faculty-led program offered through your home campus, there's a higher chance that the majority of your classmates will also be from your campus.

However, if you choose to do an Exchange Program through your school, you will become the 'international student' at that institution overseas. So all of your classmates and faculty will be full-time students and professors there.

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