SCV 5 Minute Guide to Study Abroad
Apr15

SCV 5 Minute Guide to Study Abroad

Did you know there’s more than one way to study abroad? Check out our new 5-Minute Guide to Study Abroad and get started planning your college journey abroad.

Read More
5 Reasons to ask about National Student Exchange on your College Visit
Apr28

5 Reasons to ask about National Student Exchange on your College Visit

You've probably heard of international student exchange and study abroad programs, but did you know that when you're in college, you can actually explore what it's like to live in a different culture without having to cross an ocean? National Student Exchnage (NSE)  is a domestic exchange program for college students. Any student enrolled at a participating  college or university can choose to attend an NSE member school elsewhere in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to organization president, Bette Worley, the National Student Exchange was founded in 1968 and has served 95,000 students. About 2,800 students are enrolled annually. While the majority of NSE students choose to spend an entire academic year at their host school, single semester and summer exchanges are also possible. So why choose NSE and why ask about it on your college visit? Because maybe you: Have always wondered what it would be like to live or work in part of the country different from where you are. Have never lived outside your home state or region. Are interested in exploring geographical cultural differences (deep south vs. northwest, urban vs. rural, etc.). Can take courses not offered at your home institution. Or, have always wanted to go to school out of a state, but could not afford it. Tuition reciprocity is another one of the key benefits of the program. An NSE student can pay the host institution the same tuition amount charged by their home institution. For example, an in-state student would not have to pay out-of-state tuition fees at a host college outside their home state. Experiencing personal growth, facing new challenges, and making lifelong friends are other reasons students site as benefits to the program. NSE Student Achievement Award Recipient: Lacie Richardson (Western State College of Colorado exchange student to the University of Alaska Southeast, academic year 2008-2009, Major: English) praises the program for helping her expand her horizons. “NSE has given me the single most amazing growing experience I’ve encountered to date because it provided me the opportunity to do things I didn’t even know I was capable of.” NSE gives you the opportunity to broaden your travel and learning experiences without incurring high costs or  causing major disruptions to your life as a college student. Appoximately 200 institutions participate in NSE. If you think domestic exchange may be something you'll want to explore in the future, then be sure to ask if the college you're visiting is a...

Read More
The Top 10 Questions to ask about Study Abroad Programs
Mar03

The Top 10 Questions to ask about Study Abroad Programs

Studying abroad is one of the most exciting experiences that you will have in college and these questions are some you should ask when meeting with a college or university off-campus director during your college visit. What types of trips are offered? Shorter trips, over spring break and summer, do not offer as many academic credits as semester-long programs but can give you an opportunity to travel to more locations. Is there a study abroad program for _____ majors? Investigate specialized programs that complement the major you are considering. Are language requirements fulfilled while abroad? Immersion programs are one of the most beneficial learning opportunities a student can experience, especially for those who want to be fluent in the language. Does the program have a GPA requirement? Use studying abroad as another motivator to stay on top of your grades during your first two years of college. How much more (or less!) is the abroad tuition? The price tag for off-campus programs can increase anywhere from a couple of hundred to several thousand dollars more when compared to regular tuition fees. Is financial aid applicable to traveling abroad? Payments not made straight to your university may raise complications with financial aid or scholarship that you receive. Can all years study abroad? Most colleges require students to be at least in their junior or senior year to participate in study abroad. Does the program fit into my graduation plan? This question is a good one to ask both to the director of the study abroad program and to the advisor for the major department you are considering. What is the school’s most popular study abroad program? Some schools have developed a relationship with one particular study abroad location. Is the study abroad program run by your university or an outside organization? Find out who to contact in case of emergency to put parents at ease. If traveling is your priority in college, asking these 10 questions about college study abroad programs will give you a good sense of the school’s commitment to send students abroad. The links below are to help you once you start preparing to travel. Good luck! TopUniversities (Study Abroad) Staying Safe While Studying Abroad How to Pack for a Semester Studying Abroad If you’ve had experience with study abroad as a parent, college student, or program advisor, please feel free to share your insight by commenting to this post. *** Emily Moore answers college student conundrums at  RedheadTalkyOne  and will receive her Bachelor’s in Professional Writing from Taylor University in the spring of 2011. She has been to Uganda, Korea, and has interned in Washington, D.C....

Read More