Suggested Preparation by Class Level
Should you begin to consider study abroad in your first year? Absolutely! Depending on your destination and the duration of your program, the amount of preparation can vary. Even if you expect to go abroad junior year, early research and planning will pay off:
- Browse study abroad materials and websites
- Attend Lang’s annual Study Abroad Fair
- Begin studying a foreign language
- Meet with your academic and faculty advisors and the Study Abroad advisor to discuss your options
- Investigate study abroad scholarship funding
- Maintain good academic standing
For some students, sophomore year isn’t too early to study abroad, but some factors may influence your decision, including your personal maturity level, your previous experience interacting with people from other cultures and/or traveling, and the degree to which you feel you are progressing towards a concentration.
- Attend the annual Study Abroad Fair and speak with representatives about the unique structure of their program, including curriculum and opportunity for internships and field placements.
- Determine how long you want to go abroad. Ask yourself what will work best for you: a short-term course, a semester or summer, or an academic year?
- Determine if opportunities abroad fit with your academic studies at Lang. For guidance, consult the chairperson of your intended path of study.
- Meet with the Study Abroad advisor to help you decide your program selection, review application guidelines, confirm program approval, and make important academic and financial preparations.
- Begin or continue studying a foreign language.
- Remember that scholarship application deadlines tend to correspond with program deadlines; early application and planning is essential.
- Pack your suitcase and get ready to enjoy your time abroad!
Junior year is also a good time to study abroad.
- Consider using your time abroad to conduct research for a senior work project, or to make foreign contacts if considering a post-BA fellowship such as Fulbright.
- While away, keep in touch with faculty, your concentration chairperson, and the Study Abroad advisor.
- Consider applying for a post-BA foreign opportunity.
Due to the senior residency and Senior Experience requirements at Lang, you cannot study abroad during the fall or spring semesters as a senior. Short-term winter break programs led by Lang instructors are an available option.
If you want to continue your studies abroad, or if you haven’t had the chance to study abroad, you can take advantage of several post-BA foreign opportunities such as graduate study, research, paid and volunteer service positions, and more. Students typically apply for these early in the senior year, though some options may be available to recent graduates as well. For more information, contact the Study Abroad advisor.
If you were admitted as a transfer student, you should speak with your class advisor about any special considerations or time constraints before applying to a program abroad.