Studying abroad is a growing occurrence among university students. It’s a pretty sweet deal because a) you get to live and attend school abroad for an extended amount of time, b) there are study abroad programs almost everywhere, and c) there are numerous scholarships and funding opportunities that you can apply for, which can greatly reduce the financial burden of the programs.

Just to put this type of travel into perspective:

  • During the 2009-2010 academic year, 270,604 US college students studied abroad.
  • 35.8% of people who study abroad are juniors in college.
  • 63.5% are female and 35.5% are male.
  • The most popular continent for studying abroad is Europe, and the majority of those students studied in the UK.
  • Information found here: http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/study-abroad

To get started with studying abroad, talk to your college’s international programs office. They will be your #1 resource during this process, since each school differs in its study abroad policies. In order to get credit through your home institution, you need to consult with your international office to find out what will count for course credit and what will not. Many scholarships are also available through your home office.

Some esteemed third-party providers of study abroad programs include SITCIEEIES. I’ll be using CIEE when I go to Brazil this summer/fall.

You can also apply for a direct exchange program. More information on those can be found in your international programs office. Many schools have partnerships with other universities in which current students can enroll directly. This can be a good option because it means you get to live in the dorms with other students and utilize all of the resources of the university abroad as if it were your home institution.

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