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Consider the following when deciding on the right study abroad program for you:

Study Abroad and Your Academic Goals

  • Why do you want to study abroad? What are your main goals?
  • How does study abroad fit into your academic experience at Augustana?
  • Have you spoken to your academic advisor about your desire to study abroad?
  • What do you hope to learn during your experience?
  • Do you plan to start learning a foreign language before or during your study abroad experience?
  • Do you want all your classes taught in English or in a foreign language?  Do you meet proficiency requirements to take classes in another language?
  • Do you have certain requirements for your major, your minor, or any General Education requirements you need to fulfill while abroad?  Is it possible to fulfill these requirements overseas?
  • Do you prefer a structured learning environment or one that is more independent and/or experiential in nature?
  • Do you have to find a program that fits around your participation commitments (sports, music, etc.) or the structure of your academic program (required courses, course sequencing, required internship, etc.)?
  • Are you looking to integrate an internship placement with your study abroad program?  If so, in which field do you want to intern?  Do you need credits for the internship, or does it need to meet any specific Augie requirements?

Personal Growth

  • Do you prefer to study with other U.S. students while abroad, or do you prefer to be in classes with students from your host country?
  • Do you hope to develop relationships with peers of your host country?
  • Do you want to meet other international students studying at your host university?
  • Are you hoping to do volunteer work while abroad?  If so, what would you hope to gain from that experience?

Day-to-Day Living Arrangements

  • Do you prefer to live with a local host family, in a residence hall, or in an apartment?
  • Do you want to live with other Americans, or with host nationals?
  • Do you want a roommate?
  • Do you want to cook for yourself while you are abroad, or do you prefer having a meal plan?
  • Would you like to live in a rural area, a small town or a city?
  • Do you mind commuting on public transportation to class every day?

Other Important Considerations

  • Do you have special needs such as a physical or mental health condition, or a learning disability for which you may need special support services while abroad?  Note:  Foreign institutions are not required to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with learning disabilities or physical/mental health conditions may not find necessary services abroad. 
  • Have you considered the health and safety risks of various study abroad destinations?
  • Are you willing to accept the risks inherent in traveling and living overseas?
  • Is it important for you to be in a country where the attitude toward Americans or foreigners is generally friendly, or are you willing to go to a destination where you may encounter some xenophobia or anti-Americanism?
  • How important is Internet service, email access, and cell phone coverage to you while you are abroad?
  • Is the cost of the program an important factor in your decision-making process?  Do you know what your budget is for a study abroad experience?
  • Are you aware that the cost for tuition, room and food on some semester and year-long study abroad programs is less than what Augustana would charge for on-campus study?