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Where Should I Go?

 Ask yourself these questions as you research to help determine which program is right for you:

Location

  • 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?

Academics

  • 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?

Structure

  • To what extent do you wish to integrate yourself into the host culture?
  • How much contact do you want with other American students?

Living Arrangements

  • 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?

Cost

  • 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?

Eligibility

  • 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?

Duration

  • How long do you want to study abroad (semester, summer, short term program)?

Source: Southern Illinois University International Programs Office




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