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College is the perfect time in your life for exploring the world outside of your friends, perspectives, and culture. A great way to expand your college experience is to study in another country. You can take a wide variety of classes including foreign language, history, or science. Keep in mind you aren’t limited to courses for your major. Participating in study abroad programs can be difficult because of demanding major schedules, but you can take advantage of these programs with proper planning.
- Start early: Planning as early as your freshman year is recommended so you can figure out how you'll cover the costs of the program, which include transportation, living arrangements, courses, books, food, and entertainment. Many students use loans in addition to scholarships and grants. Attend the study abroad fair and go to the study abroad office for information to start planning!
- Get advice: Meet with your advisor to discuss available study abroad programs. Your advisor will provide guidance on courses and programs that would suit your interests. Most importantly, you want to still stay on track with completing your degree.
- Summer programs: Consider summer intensive programs over semester/quarter programs. Taking courses abroad may not be possible with a packed fall or spring term. However, summer programs tend to be shorter and more intense, which may be more suitable for your schedule.
- Outside opportunities: Explore study abroad programs provided by outside organizations. There may not be a study abroad program at your college that fits your interests. Research organizations and even other schools that offer study abroad opportunities, but ensure these courses will be accepted at your college.
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