The weather outside is getting colder, so what better way to warm up than planning your summer study abroad trip? Intern in London, study business in Brazil, volunteer with a Service Learning program in South Africa, travel around Europe studying fashion marketing, and so much more. Check out all of our summer programs on our website, or schedule a consult to talk to an Admissions Adviser about which program is right for you. Here are a few tips on how to get started:
1) Pick a Program
For many students, summer can be the best time to go abroad, especially if your major or sports/activities make it difficult to go abroad during the year. Do you need to take courses for your major or can you fill some general requirements? Do you want to do an internship, or something just for fun? Do you want to stay in one city, or travel around Europe? We have programs for every major and interest. Use our program finder to search by course or term on our website. And if you schedule a consult for us to call you, you can select a time (up until 8pm) during the week or weekend that works for you.
2) Talk to Your Parents
Talk to your parents about your summer plans! You earn college credit while abroad, and it’s a great résumé builder. Talk to them about why you want to go, financing and any concerns they may have. We have a parents section of our website they can view as well.
3) Talk to Your School
Set up a meeting with your advisor or the study abroad office and have them sign off on your study abroad plans. If you need more information, or course syllabi to get approval we are happy to provide it! Just contact us via phone, email or live chat.
Our summer scholarship deadline is March 1st. For the AIFS Generation Study Abroad scholarship you will need to submit a completed online application, and then our scholarship application, which includes a short essay. Talk to your school about any additional scholarships or funding they may offer, and the possibility of transferring any loans or aid you receive.
Once you’ve completed all of these, it’s time to apply! There is an application fee and deposit (which goes towards the cost of your program) that is due along with the application. And the final steps will be submitting the rest of the application materials:
- Three passport size photos
- Copy of your transcript (official or student copy)