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With so many education abroad options available, selecting a program can seem like a daunting task. It is important to consider all possibilities, with each student taking their own personal interests and academic needs into account. What works for one students might not work for another, so students should avoid selecting programs based on preferences of friends or classmates. Pursuing an education abroad experience is exciting, yet also something that requires serious planning and consideration. Below are some guidelines to help students get started.
How To Select A Program
Determine your interests
Do I want to continue a language I have previously or am currently studying?
Do I want to learn a new language?
What type of coursework do I want/need to take before I go abroad? While I am abroad? After I return from abroad?
- Major/minor/LSM coursework?
- GBs or other General Education requirements?
Do I want a program that includes Service–Learning?
Do I want to undertake an internship?
Do I want an urban, suburban or small town campus?
Do I prefer a small, medium or large host institution?
What type of housing would I prefer?
- Student residence
Length of program
How much time do I want to spend abroad?
- Summer (3 to 7 weeks)
- Short Term Program (1 to 3 weeks)
Research Program Features
Review Bentley's list of Study Abroad Programs using the guidelines above to help narrow your search.