The decision to embark on a study abroad program can bring on a range of emotions from excitement to full-on fear.
While most students feel happy to start a new adventure and look forward to the experiences that will follow, there are many stages of the study abroad as a process that needs to be sorted out before you get to that point.
As a study abroad advisor, one of the questions I help students navigate daily is a simple one: How do I choose a Study Abroad Program? Often followed up with, What is a Study Abroad Program?. This is where I begin to explain the differences at a basic level.
There are three popular types of study abroad programs:
Institutionalized Education Study Abroad programs
Independent Organized Study Abroad programs
Self-appointed Study Abroad programs
Understanding The Differences
As you begin thinking through what your deciding factors will be for choosing a mode of study abroad, consider the most popular factors to date:
Opportunity to Interact with and Meet New People
Study Abroad Grants, Scholarship, and Financial Aid
Career Development opportunities
Accessibility to course credits
Deciding how a study abroad experience fits your goals