It's Time to Explore

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Have you recently been bitten by the travel bug? Do you dream about seeing the world but have no idea how to make that happen? Studying abroad, whether for 2 months or an entire college career, might be the answer you are looking for!

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Study Abroad Syllabus

Before making the decision to study abroad, browse this broad overview of the preparation process to help you decide the perfect time for your adventure. Here are some important questions to ask yourself before taking the next step.

Should I study abroad?

  • Do I have a desire to practice another language through an immersive experience?
  • Can I afford to pay for plane tickets and weekend trips in addition to tuition?
  • Am I healthy enough to travel for an extended time?
  • When would be the best time to be away from my home campus – summer, spring or fall semester?
  • How long would it take to apply for a passport and student visa?
  • Do I know how I would communicate while I’m away – new cell phone plan?
  • Have I spoken to others about their study abroad experiences?

Choose a Country

Selecting a Country

Study abroad programs vary based on the university you attend and the partnerships your home educational institution has formed. Most colleges, however, do offer a wide range of options that cater to different social, linguistic and academic interests.

If you plan to study abroad for all years you attend college, your list of opportunities will grow. Here are just a few of the popular study abroad destinations you can choose from.

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Austria

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THE SCOOP

  • Home country of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Setting for The Sound of Music
  • Breathtaking access to the Alps mountain range

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting Austria you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • A waterproof jacket
  • Hiking gear for the mountains
  • A travel-friendly water bottle

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Discover a few of your new favorite things before you say farewell to Austria!

Australia

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THE SCOOP

  • 6th largest country in the world
  • Home of the Great Barrier Reef
  • National animal: Red Kangaroo

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting Australia you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • 2-3 swimsuits
  • A torch (flashlight in Aussie terms)
  • Sturdy shoes

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Have a koala-ty time!

China

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THE SCOOP

  • Home to over 1 billion people
  • Mandarin is the official language
  • Features the Great Wall, a world wonder

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting China you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Quick-dry clothing
  • Warm pajamas
  • Converters and adapters

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • See what’s beyond the Great Wall of China!

Japan

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THE SCOOP

  • Composed of 6,852 islands
  • Birthplace of Toyota, Honda and Nintendo
  • Past and future host of the Olympics

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting Japan you’ll definitely want to pack in a smaller bag with the following items:

  • Slip-on shoes
  • Light jacket
  • Your favorite camera

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Ascend Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, before your trek home.

England

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THE SCOOP

  • One official language; over a dozen English dialects
  • Home to a beloved royal family at Buckingham Palace
  • Broadway shows play year-round in London’s West End

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting England you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Layered clothing
  • Rainboots/umbrella
  • A backpack

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Say cheers to a brilliant semester abroad!

Spain

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THE SCOOP

  • Boasts a high-speed train between major cities
  • Vibrant festivals fill the streets in all seasons
  • National currency: Euro

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting Spain you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Smart casual wardrobe
  • Outlet adapters
  • Snacks from home

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Brush up on your Spanish before heading back home.

France

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THE SCOOP

  • Boasts world-renowned museums including the Louvre
  • Has raised more Noble Prize winners for literature than any other country
  • One of the largest exporters of luxury goods

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting France you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Low-wattage styling products
  • Layered clothing
  • Ready-to-spend Euros

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Don’t go home before riding to the top of the Eiffel Tower!

Italy

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THE SCOOP

  • “Birthplace of the Renaissance”
  • World Cup champion soccer team
  • Home of Vatican City, an independent state

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting Italy you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Walking shoes
  • Sunhat
  • Moneybelt

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Be sure to explore the historic streets of Rome and the canals of Venice.

New York

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THE SCOOP

  • Known as the “cultural capital of the U.S.”
  • Home of Rockefeller Center, featuring The Tonight Show
  • Hundreds of languages are spoken according to a 2000 census

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting New York you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Travel umbrella
  • Layered clothing
  • E-books

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • Be sure to see a world-famous musical on Broadway!

Costa Rica

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THE SCOOP

  • 801 miles of coastline in Costa Rica
  • About 25 percent of country has protected environments
  • Government is a democratic republic

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THE SUITCASE

In addition to standard travel items, when visiting Costa Rica you’ll definitely want to pack:

  • Casual clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Your favorite camera

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THE ADVENTURE

  • Grab a journal and keep track of what you see, who you meet and all you learn.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones at home through a blog or social media posts, but make new friends with locals and other students studying abroad.
  • See the country from new heights during a zip line tour!

The Application

For students who have already completed countless requirements for college admission, it may seem daunting to take on additional applications to study abroad. The process doesn’t have to be scary, though, if you seek help from your university’s staff and consider the following:

  • Is there an application fee?
  • What are the requirements for the university’s application?
    Do I need any references?
  • Which available classes will count for credit at my home university?
  • Can my regular financial aid be applied to my study abroad tuition?

Once you’ve gotten answers to all your lingering questions, apply to the school of your dreams and start preparing for your big adventure!

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