Getting Started: Choose a Program
WHY STUDY ABROAD
- What are your goals?
The country you select determines both the cultural setting and the main language of communication. Some students know they want to study in a big city while others are looking for a more remote destination.
If you are interested in increasing your proficiency in a foreign language, there is no doubt that the study abroad experience is the best way to immerse yourself in another language.
“When I first arrived in Korea, I was armed with no more than an awkward “hello” and “thank you”, and in a matter of weeks, necessity had augmented these two phrases to form a respectable linguistic arsenal. For undergraduates faced with the task of satisfying a demanding language requirements, the choice is simple: UB or the world? As anyone that has ever truly mastered a foreign language can tell you, classroom instruction is only supplemental- real learning happens in the thick of real-life experience.”
- Joshua McMurray, Korea University, South Korea.
Many programs abroad offer language instruction at the beginner level, and therefore do not require any previous knowledge of a foreign language for admission. Some programs are designed to teach you a foreign language - a great way to fulfill your general education language requirement, while others offer courses taught in English regardless of the country's native language.
Classes completed abroad may fulfill degree requirements for your major, minor, or general education. Students can also use their study abroad experience as a way to augment their education by taking courses in their field of study that aren’t available at their home campus.
Students can study abroad at any point during their academic career, so it is never too early to start looking for a program! The choice of when to study abroad may depend in part on your academic program. Students may participate on more than one study abroad program during their academic career. Oftentimes students elect to participate on a summer program and then prepare for a semester or academic year abroad later in their college careers.