Fall: it’s the season of change! Trees turn bright yellow and red, the weather cools down, and you’re back for another semester at school. But even with all of that change around you, what if you’re still craving something new? What if you want a change of pace or scenery? Luckily for you, this is one of the best times of year to attend your first study abroad fair, where you can learn about options to learn overseas.
Here are the top 10 questions you should ask at your first study abroad fair. Our staff members always encourage asking questions, and do their best to give you answers that will help start your journey toward the best study abroad experience possible.
1. In what locations can I study abroad?
Before you go, you have to know where you’re going! See what locations each provider offers, and get a feel for where you might like to go.
2. Which study abroad location would be the best academic fit for me?
After picking your dream location you should check the courses offered there. It might be hard, but try and focus on the academic aspect of a program. You still need credits that will count towards your major or minor for graduation, or at least that can count toward humanities or prerequisites.
3. Do you offer international internships?
Aside from study abroad, some providers offer you a way to get international work experience to put on your resume. If you want to gain industry experience in a different setting, this could be a great option for you and your career.
4. Do I need to know the language?
If you don’t speak a second language or are worried about your level of fluency, don’t panic. Study abroad is offered in many English-speaking countries, and it is very likely that no matter where you go your classes will be taught in English. With CAPA Programs and all of our Direct Enroll partners, for example, you will always have the option to take classes in English. Regardless, it’s always better to ask and double check, and be open to learning a new language!
5. Do you offer any financial aid or scholarships?
Just like taking classes at your school, you’ll have to pay tuition to study abroad. Many providers offer their own scholarships in addition to what your home institution may offer. You may also want to check to see if internships will incur an additional cost, and if you can apply your home institution financial aid to the specific program.
6. What are my housing options and where will I live?
While you might think your only option is to live in a dorm, the program you choose could offer home-stays or your own apartment. Some programs will have you live on campus, while others will have you commute. Look for an option that fits your schedule and preferences.
7. How will I get credit from my home institution?
Each institution will handle this differently, which is why it’s so important to ask. Make sure your provider can help you in the process of getting their program, classes, and credits approved by your school.
8. If I need some additional academic or student support, will there be any for me?
You don’t want to choose a provider that will leave you hanging in an emergency or stressful situation. Get to know what kinds of support a program will provide and how easy it will be to use those resources.
9. What ways can I get involved in the city that I will be studying in?
What’s the point in studying abroad if you won’t be learning from your new surroundings? See if you can volunteer or meet locals through your provider.
10. Why should I study abroad with your organization?
You’re clearly one smart cookie if you already decided to attend a study abroad fair - but why? What makes it such an incredible opportunity for you? Your provider should make you feel confident that this is the choice of a lifetime and that this experience will help you academically, professionally, and personally. Stand out from the crowd and use your time abroad to enhance every aspect of your life, and make memories you’ll never forget.