Where Should I Go?
Ask yourself these questions as you research to help determine which program is right for you:
- Where do you want to go? Why?
- Do you want to study in a less-developed or more-developed country?
- Do you want to be in a big city or a small town/rural area?
- What do you want or need to study to meet academic objectives?
- Are there specific academic requirements that you need to fulfill during study abroad?
- Are you proficient enough in a foreign language to take classes, write papers, and take notes in that language, or will you need to take some or all of your coursework in English?
- Are you interested in taking courses on the language and culture of the host country?
- How will study abroad positively affect your academic program?
- What do you want or need to study to meet personal objectives?
- To what extent do you wish to integrate yourself into the host culture?
- How much contact do you want with other American students?
- Do you want to live in a university dormitory?
- Would you prefer to live in an apartment?
- Do you want to live with other Americans or with local students?
- Do you want to live with a local family?
- How much time can you afford to spend abroad in terms of economic resources?
- How much money can you spend on the study abroad experience? Consider housing and food, personal expenses, and international travel.
- Are you willing/able to take out loans or use personal funds in order to pay for study abroad?
- Does your GPA qualify you for the program? Minimum GPA requirements vary from 2.5 - 3.0 depending on the program.
- Do you have the language skills required for the program?
- Do you have time to apply before the application deadline?
- How long do you want to study abroad (semester, summer, short term program)?
Source: Southern Illinois University International Programs Office