Begin your planning with these questions to consider.
- What do I want to accomplish by studying abroad?
- What aspects of a study abroad experience are most important to me (e.g., courses, location, cultural integration, internship or volunteer experiences, travel)?
- Am I interested in a specific country or region of the world?
- What are my academic goals for this experience?
- Do I want to incorporate study abroad into my major or do I want to focus on other interests?
- Are there courses that I must complete towards my major/minor while abroad? Could I complete any of my liberal arts requirements while abroad?
- Do I want to study in a university setting or am I interested in an internship or service-learning experience?
- Is there a foreign language I would like to study? What is my ability and comfort level with that language?
- When is the best time of year for me to study abroad?
- How long do I want to be away?
- Do I have personal, social, job or athletic commitments that might influence if and when I go abroad?
- Am I currently in good mental and physical health for studying and living away from home? Do I have any personal and/or special needs that may influence my decision to study abroad?
- Have I spoken with my family and friends about my plans? How do they feel about them?
- Am I ready for the challenge and excitement of adapting to new situations and being independent, self-reliant and flexible in what may sometimes be an uncomfortable and/or stressful experience?