Studying abroad is an exciting, often life–changing, college experience. There’s a lot to think about and we want to help with a few tips for getting started.
* Plan well ahead. Many programs require deposits months before departure. Passport and visa applications also take months of lead time. Sometimes incremental immunizations are required.
* Consider your goals. Why do you want to study abroad? Are you looking for a specific academic experience, like delving into your academic major from another perspective? Or do you want a cross–cultural experience but require no specific academic focus?
* How long do you want to be away? Some of UVM’s faculty–led programs abroad last just two weeks; the Oaxaca, Mexico and Belize programs are a full semester. Or maybe you’re interested in studying abroad for a summer, a semester or a year through a UVM exchange program or one of the several hundred external program offerings.
* What foreign language skills will you need? Many faculty–led programs abroad, including the Belize semester program, do not require proficiency in another language; a few require proficiency at the intermediate level. Many semester, summer and academic year study abroad programs are taught in English, while some, including several exchange programs, require intermediate level proficiency.
* Use your resources. Talk with an advisor about the Oaxaca and Belize semester abroad programs or for faculty–led programs abroad Talk with a study abroad peer advisor or a study abroad professional advisor . For faculty–led programs abroad, review the frequently asked questions information.
* Learn about the culture. When possible, learn more about the country you plan to visit by choosing relevant courses that fit within your curriculum.