Explore Your Options
If you're not yet sure where or on what program you would like to study abroad/away, no worries, we're here to help! Ask yourself the following questions as you explore your options and be sure to visit the Office of International Education if you still need guidance.
1. What are my education abroad goals?
Take some time to think about what you hope to accomplish during your education abroad experience. Be honest with yourself about your academic preparedness, language skills, financial means, and personal interests. The more you are able to define your goals for the experience, the easier time you will have selecting a program that suits your needs. Remember to stay open to new possibilities as you explore program options.
2. What does my academic advisor say?
Let your academic advisor know about your desire to study abroad as soon as possible. Your advisor will be able to help you determine courses that can be taken abroad, when in your academic program to study abroad, and may even be able to steer you in the direction of programs specific to your major.
3. How can the Office of International Education help me?
Utilize the Office of International Education throughout your education abroad planning. Attend an education abroad fair (one held each semester) or information session, or set up an advising appointment with one of our peer or professional advisors.
4. What programs are available?
Research your education abroad options carefully. If you are able, contact students who have previously studied abroad with the program and ask them about their experiences. Evaluate programs based on your goals for the experience. When comparing costs, make sure you are also comparing what is included in the cost.
UWRF-sponsored programs are either directly sponsored/run through UWRF or affiliated with the University through signed agreements. Oftentimes, these programs are led by faculty or staff on campus so you will be able to receive a great deal of guidance throughout the application process. If a program is designated as an exchange, you will pay the same tuition as if you were attending classes on campus.
5. How will I pay for my program?
Take a serious look at the financial resources you have available to you for this experience. If you are paying for the experience yourself, how much are you willing to spend? If family is helping, how much are they able to help? If you are relying on financial aid, meet with the Financial Aid office as early in your process as possible to better determine what moneys you have available. Spend some time exploring your options for independent scholarships as well.
One of the most important parts of education abroad is saving up so that you can enjoy the experience to the full extent you desire. You know, better than anyone else, what budget is necessary to achieve your education abroad goals. Remember to look not only at ways you can decrease costs during your experience, but also at what expenses can be cut back on now to save up for your experience.