By Daniel Watson, Learning Abroad
Students do not think they will be able to study abroad for many reasons. It’s either too expensive, they can’t fit it in their schedules or they think it will be a waste of time with no academic presence. Below, two students discuss the financial and language barrier myths surrounding learning aboard programs.
Savannah Talbot: Peer Advisor: Exchange, Oviedo, Spain
“I remember looking at some of the affiliate exchange programs and seeing their costs were pretty high, but I also found that scholarships and travel grants were available to students. In the end, I was able to pay in-state tuition and have my financial aid apply to my program. I also applied for all three Office for Global Engagement scholarships and I received the student fee scholarship for $1,500, which was extremely helpful. All I really had to pay for was my flight and any personal expenses while I was abroad.”
Lexie Daniels: Outreach Intern, Osaka, Japan
“The Learning Abroad Office has so many connections with American and English-speaking colleges and universities around the globe that are in non-English-speaking countries. You can pretty much take classes in English from any country, so don’t let the language barrier stop you from going. On the other hand, if you want to learn a certain language, the immersion programs are fantastic opportunities. Most of the time, you don’t need to take language prerequisites before you go, and I feel like there is no better way to learn a language than by being immersed in it. I went on the Japanese Intensive Program and all the students I went with improved dramatically in their Japanese speaking ability even though we were only there for a short six weeks. Therefore, whether you want to learn a language or want to go to a non-English-speaking country but take classes in English, the Learning Abroad Office has options for you.”
To learn more about Learning Abroad, visit the fair on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. The fair will give students the chance to connect with various program providers, faculty leaders, returned students and representatives from the Learning Abroad office. Students will also be able to find assistance with identifying course options for every major with study options in foreign languages and in English.
Students who attend the fair will also have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win a Learning Abroad scholarship or an Osprey frame backpack to kick start their travels.
The application deadline for Summer Term 2018 programs is fast approaching with applications for faculty-led programs due Feb. 15.