Study Abroad - How to Prepare
Each year, thousands of students experience other cultures first hand through study abroad programs. In fact, more than 31,000 Americans chose to study abroad in the United Kingdom last year, making it the most popular foreign destination for U.S. students.
If you're planning foreign study, the British Council USA, an international cultural and educational organization, suggests considering several factors including language, program type and financial commitments.
- Are you comfortable with a foreign language? You may prefer classes in English.
- What's the best program for you? Options include year-long, semester or summer programs. It's even possible to enroll directly in a foreign university.
- How will you pay? Students who earn credit at their home universities during their time overseas are usually able to apply their financial aid to study abroad. Check with your financial aid office for details.
- What else would you like to see? Consider how you might spend your free time and where you plan to travel on school breaks.
Study abroad can really expand a student's horizons.