Choosing a Program
There are endless possibilities for incorporating study abroad into your Hampshire academic program. To find your best fit, we recommend following some key steps to assist you in choosing a program:
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1. Ask yourself these questions:
- Why do you want to study abroad?
- What are your academic interests and career goals and what can you do abroad to support these interests?
- What do you want to do in addition to studying while you are abroad?
- Learn a language?
- Participate in an internship?
- Independent research?
- Do a service-learning project?
- What do you want to do abroad in terms of language and cultural studies? In other words, what can you do to take the best advantage of your time abroad?
- Is foreign language proficiency necessary to study or do an internship in the country you are considering? If so, do you have the necessary proficiency, or do you have plans to gain it before you go?
- How deeply do you want to be immersed in the culture? Do you want to attend classes with students from the host culture, or mainly with other American or foreign students?
- Where do you see yourself living? With a host family, in a dorm with students from the host country, or with other Americans?
- How much in-country support or independence do you want during your time abroad?
- Where would you like to go? Do you want to spend most of your time in one location or travel to several places? Do you prefer cities or small towns? Large universities or small programs?
- Have you developed an academic plan that incorporates study abroad? Keep in mind that eligibility for most programs requires that you have filed for Div II and are in good academic standing.
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3. Familiarize yourself with the program options available to you.
4. Understand the finances and funding of studying off-campus: study abroad fee structure, how financial aid works, what other funding options are available.
5. Consult with your committee and with a CASA (advising office) advisor.
6. Consult with global education office staff.
7. Involve friends and family in your decision making process