After thinking about what kind of program is good for you, and learn what you need, you're ready to start investigating the options that best meet their academic needs, planning, budget and interests.
One of the easiest ways in which the programs are sponsored by your university. In reality, they are often listed on the university website to get the comfort of your dorm room! Similarly, you can visit the study abroad office or the department that oversees the study of study abroad programs.
In some universities, students wishing to study abroad are required to participate in programs sponsored by or affiliated with their respective schools. Whenever this is the case, universities tend to create a series of academic and economic barriers that prevent students going to external programs of any kind. Other universities to keep lists of approved programs (which means the transfer of credit), but just because a program is approved does not mean you can bring with you your financial aid. And many other universities allow students to choose from hundreds of programs available that they are entitled.
If your university does not sponsor study abroad programs or offers a program tailored to your needs, you should start looking outside of your home university program opportunities.
Looking in the library
The university library is always a good place to go when you're doing research, study abroad and research is no different! Many universities in the United States to maintain a collection of study abroad or at least, to spend part of the university library to study abroad. The study abroad the collection contains an array of information from reference books that lists thousands of study abroad for catalogs and brochures for the programs of other universities in the U.S. catalogs course (sometimes called curriculum) for universities abroad.
Problems counselor or a librarian to keep all the media information about the programs often are hundreds of videos, slides, CDs, photos, programs and program sites and other information. Many study abroad offices and libraries also maintain files containing the written evaluations of various programs. Home Universities often require students to return from abroad to submit their assessments for future students to study abroad. You may be assessments of sites and programs you are considering an incredibly valuable.
Going global: Exploring the Internet
Use your personal computer and the campus network, you can find countless sites that give you information on hundreds of programs, financial aid, scholarships, fellowships and specifically tailored to study abroad. You can also find information on internships and volunteer opportunities, international travel, particularly countries in specific areas, and exchange rates and international banks.
While the Web is a great research tool, remember to be critical information can be found here. Just because it's on the Web, does not mean it's true or reliable! Collect, research and analysis, what look and what you're thinking about your study abroad experience, and then share your thoughts with advisers and friends.
Reference lists are usually very general information about the programs and brochures can concentrate on making the program or school by calling the show, showing more of social life and the advantages of living in a particular city. Brochures may be less when it comes to information for researchers. When you know you are interested in the program, visit the Web site sponsor and contact for further information and application forms. Many American programs are free phone number you can call and ask for information, which is sometimes faster than e-mail. If parents have questions or concerns should feel free to call the same numbers and ask to speak with a consultant to the program, too.
Getting a fresh perspective from returning students
Talking with students at the university home, who have already studied abroad is one of the most important in the selection and design of their program. This strategy helped me to choose a program, and helped me to act as a consultant of a study abroad office at my university at home I returned to my studies in Ireland. I had to spend most of my time to tell other students about my experiences and why they too should pack and leave. I also tried to convince some to go to Dublin. If you use the homecoming university students to study abroad programs, co-directors, look for them - are a valuable resource, too!
Do not be afraid to contact students who studied abroad! You probably will not bother them at all and they will most likely be happy to share their study abroad story with you. In fact, you have a hard time getting them to stop talking about!
Meeting with program representatives
Speaking with representatives of the program is a good way to get any personal attention to the need to get answers to all questions. They are usually experts in the programs of their universities or the organizations offer. program representatives often visit college campuses in the United States to promote their programs and meeting with interested students. Some universities have invited representatives of the program on campus each year during the day or evening, Study Abroad Fair. representatives drawn plenty of cabs program brochures, course catalogs and applications. There is also talk of recruiting and interested students. As an added bonus, the program representatives can bring a student who has studied them for a special exhibition program. You can use these opportunities to gather updated information, resolve problems, as well as access to programs for people who know best.