To select the right study abroad program, you should carefully consider both the goals you hope to meet during your study abroad experience and the challenges that might prevent you from achieving your goals. You can begin to define your goals and identify challenges by asking yourself…

  • Why do I want to study abroad?
  • When is the best time for me to study abroad? How long should I study abroad?
  • Is there a particular region/country in which I would like to study abroad?
  • Do I want/need to take courses abroad that fulfill my major, minor or Jewell core curriculum requirements?
  • Should I fulfill my Jewell language requirement here or abroad? Do I have the language proficiency to take courses abroad in the host language?
  • Do I want a program with a specific academic theme or focus?
  • Do I want a program that includes an internship and/or a field research experience?
  • Do I want a program with opportunities for service learning or volunteerism?
  • Do I want to attend classes with local students or with other Americans?
  • Do I want the classes to be on the American model or another model (which may involve more independent work)?
  • Do I want to live with residents of the host country? With other Americans? With international students?
  • Do I want to live in a dormitory? Apartment?
  • What opportunities do I want to meet local people? To travel?
  • Are there any social, academic or athletic commitments that will make it difficult for me to study abroad?
  • Will I have difficulties convincing my family that I should study abroad?
  • How much money can I or my family afford to spend?
  • Do I have special needs (physically, mentally, academically, medically) for which I will need accommodations while abroad?

Once you have answered these questions, you will have some guiding principles to help you better assess your program options.