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How to Choose a Study Abroad Program

It is important that students choose an appropriate program to get the most out of an international experience. Since there are a variety of program types, structures, locations, and requirements, it is worth the time and effort it takes to find a program that meets your individual academic and personal needs.
  • Understand your needs and characteristics before choosing a program
  • Explore several options and compare program characteristics
  • Choose a program that fits your needs and characteristics
Program Type
Program provider
Students participate in a program administered by an organization offering study abroad support services.  There are many program providers from which to choose, some of which are affiliates of Albright (we work closely with them), and others that may not be affiliates but still quality programs. Study abroad advisors can answer questions and assist in choosing the right program for you. 

Exchange
Students utilize an established relationship through Albright that exchanges students with another designated college or university. Albright has several exchanges. Students pay their usual Albright tuition and pay room and board at the host institution. Advisors can give you more information.

Direct Enroll
In some cases students may elect to directly enroll in a university abroad. This puts much more responsibility on the student to make detailed arrangements but it can save a bit of money. 

Faculty-led
Students participate in a program administered by a U.S. college or university and taught by a U.S. professor.  Albright has several short-term faculty-led programs

Academics
As soon as you make the decision to study abroad you should meet with your academic advisor to think about a game plan for when the most advantageous time is for you to study abroad. Generally it is ideal to try and study abroad for a semester, but for students who have decided later in their college career or who have other demands that don't allow for this, then a summer or short-term experience can be most practical. Your advisor can work with you to begin thinking about general education courses that would be best to save for an experience abroad as well as courses in your major.

Location
Country
Location, geography, language, population, economic/industrial development, cost of living, food, health and safety conditions, climate, ease of transportation, etc.

Language
Do you have beginner, intermediate, or advanced language skills in the host country's primary language? What is the English language fluency of the local population?

Community / City size
Cosmopolitan city, urban city, industrial city, suburban city, town, rural community

Host institution
Enrollment size, percentage of local students and international students, urban campus or enclosed campus, facilities available, teaching style, language of instruction, grading/assessment style, academic options, academic rigor, distance from housing

Living conditions
Homestay, residence hall, apartment, house, hotel, with all Americans, with all locals, distance to shopping, entertainment, school, transportation, shared or not, cost of living, where will you eat meals?


Type

Pros

Cons

Direct Enrollment

- Authentic academic experience w/ locals.

-Immersion with local students

-Likely to be less expensive.

- Unfamiliar administrative bureaucracy, teaching style, support services.

- Unexpected costs.

Exchange

- Tuition cost will be the same as you pay on your home campus.

- Your campus has an established contact person at host institution.

- Unfamiliar administrative bureaucracy, teaching style, support services.

- Unexpected costs.

Program Provider

- Support services established for the needs of U.S. students.

- You get what you pay for.

- You pay extra for support services.

- Sometimes isolated/marginalized from host culture.

Faculty-led

- Most of the time, accompanied by a professor you know and trust.

- Take classes that are familiar and similar to what you would take on your home campus.

-Travel is with a group of U.S. students, most often from your home school.

- Experience with local culture is often more limited.

- Travel is with a group of U.S. students, most often from your home school.





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