With so many study abroad program options available, it can be challenging to make a decision. AIFS is here to help from the very start! First, be sure to consider the following:
Does the program offer courses that will help you move closer towards your academic goals? Review the sample lists of course offerings for an idea of the classes you may take in that particular program. You will also want to set up a time to chat with the study abroad office at your home institution to discuss credit transfer ahead of time.
If you are not sure where you want to study abroad, narrow down your options a bit by asking yourself general questions like: Am I looking for a big city experience? Am I looking to improve my foreign language skills? Ask your friends who have studied abroad why they chose their program location. You can also talk to Susanna Shigo at the AIFS home office who can share why other students choose certain locations or share her own experience choosing a program. You can also connect with AIFS alumni to get a better sense of their experience and why they chose their specific program.
Talk with your family
It’s never too early to share your interest in studying abroad with your family. The sooner you start the conversation, the sooner all of their questions can be addressed – allowing you to begin planning your study abroad journey!
Discuss with your school
Make an appointment with your academic advisor to ensure your courses and credits are approved for transfer. It is important to be aware that your home university may also have specific steps that they require you to follow on their side.
Are you receiving financial aid? Meet with the financial aid office on your home university’s campus to see if the funds you receive are applicable to your semester abroad. View scholarship and grant opportunities that you may be eligible for. Over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support through AIFS in the form of scholarships or grants.
Complete the online application for the study abroad program of your choice!