Adimissions & Assistance
Applications are sought from students who have completed at least one semester of university study while matriculated in a degree program and who are in good academic and judicial standing. Each application undergoes a thorough review with full consideration given to the following admissions criteria: essay(s), recommendations, appropriate course preparation or prerequisites, academic record, demonstrable communication skills, maturity, and work experience (for internship applicants).
Careful consideration is given to matching the applicant’s goals and objectives for study abroad with the goals and objectives of the program. We encourage students as early as their freshman year to begin planning for study abroad with their academic adviser. Through ongoing discussions with an adviser, students can define their objectives and identify study abroad programs which are best suited to their needs, interests and goals
Things in mind when studying abroad
- Budget: Definitely make a budget and do your best to stick to it. It’s no fun being stuck in a foreign country without enough money to participate in activities, buy souvenirs and indulge on amazing foods. Be a tightwad and manage those Euros so you don’t have to call home for a handout.
- Preparation: We spoke a bit about preparing for your time abroad already, but figured we’d mention it again to really drive the point home. Seriously, take the time to learn as much as you can, pack the right stuff and prepare some more. You’ll enjoy your trip much more if you’ve got some idea of what you’re in for.
- Language: It’s probably impossible for you to learn an entire language before you go abroad, butdo try to learn the basics. Odds are someone you encounter will speak your language, but why wait to find the needle in a haystack when you’re totally capable of handling things on your own.Try to learn common phrases for food, bathrooms, hotels, help, directions and how to introduce yourself. You’ll pick up more of the language as time goes by and can continue your studies ones you’ve got the most important linguistic challenges mastered.
- Orientation: We know you’re going to be jet-lagged like nobody’s business and the last thing you want to do is sit through an orientation.However, try with all your might not to fall asleep during this very important introduction to your new home. There are extremely valuable things covered during orientation that your health, safety and even freedom may depend on. A nap is waiting for you just on the other side in a crowded Hostile with an uncomfortable bed and a roommate blasting German techno like he’s prepping for Coachella.
- Rules: Make sure you follow the rules and laws of your new home unless you’re a fan of shackles and jumpsuits. It doesn’t matter what country your a citizen of when you have to call home and ask your folks to bail you out of the slammer.
- Partying: You’re going to do a bit of partying while you study abroad. You’re likely to be in a country with a lower drinking age and on top of that you’ve met a ton of awesome people who you just want to cut loose with. Have your fun and do your share of pub crawling, but don’t go too crazy! You don’t want to miss out on all the amazing sites, food, people and experiences because you’re hung over and trying to remember your name.
- Packing: Try not to over do it on the packing. Remember that you are the only person who is going to carry all your stuff and too many bags makes for sore muscles. You can wash your clothes often and maybe even pick up a few things during your travels if your budget allows.
- Traveling: Do it! Explore your surroundings and really take full advantage of what’s at your fingertips. You don’t want to look back on your time and wish you would have done something or gone somewhere. Take the YOLO approach and live it up (safely).
- Flunking: Don’t forget that you are there to learn first and foremost! Make sure you attend your classes, do your homework, write your papers and study for exams. You can have your fun after all of that important stuff is taken care of.
Culture: Don’t be afraid to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the country you are studying in. Eat the food, enjoy the sites, learn the sports and mingle with the people. This is an experience like no other and every second should be savored!