Frequently Asked Questions

Review the programs listed and then email your study abroad advisor, Dr. Andreea Maierean, to schedule a meeting to discuss various program options and application procedures.

No. Some programs require knowledge of a foreign language and others are delivered in English. That said, study abroad is a great opportunity to learn a new language through immersion and you may elect to take the courses on a pass/fail basis to avoid the possibility of your GPA being adversely impacted by a low grade in a new language.

You may study abroad in the summer, for one semester or for a year. In general, the longer the better because you will need some time to settle in your new environment and to totally immerse yourself in a foreign culture so as to maximize the benefits of the experience.

If for one reason or another you are unable to spend that much time overseas, you may be able to participate in experiences that last one to two weeks. While these short programs will not provide you with a full study abroad experience, they provide a great introduction to international experience and usually serve as the catalyst for future longer trips abroad.

Students in all majors would benefit from study abroad. While most students study abroad in the junior year, study abroad in the second semester sophomore year or in the senior year are viable options in some cases.

If you are a freshman, this is the time to start discussing study abroad possibilities with your academic and study abroad advisors. This would allow you time to incorporate study abroad in your academic plan. Here are a couple of questions you might want to start discussing with your academic and study abroad advisors:

  • When and where will I be able to go and for how long?
  • What will I study? Should I plan on taking elective courses abroad or will my major accept courses from overseas institutions?