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Step 2: Things to Consider


Step 2
What kind of experience do you want to have abroad?

Create the experience you wish by considering the following: What countries appeal to you? Would you like to learn or practice a foreign language? Do you enjoy urban settings, or rural ones? Do you want to go abroad for a few weeks, a semester, internship or an academic year? Think about how you as a person will adjust to the environment and culture you would like to be a part of.


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Things to Consider


Are there any restrictions in your major or field of study that would prevent you from studying abroad? Classes in other institutions may not always transfer back to Quinnipiac University as the course you may need. Check with your academic advisor to discuss course options for you while abroad. Additionally, be aware that many institutions abroad will restrict you to a maximum of four classes per term, which will usually return as 12 credits here. Classes abroad are often more difficult than classes here, and it is advised that you abide by the recommended number of courses at the host institution.
Living abroad usually requires students to forego employment in the destination country, meaning that students will need to rely on budgeting and saving measures if other sources of income (scholarships, grants, etc.) are unavailable. Click here for links to scholarship opportunities.
In many countries, a student may find a great degree of English fluency among the locals. In many other countries, a student may not. Additionally, some institutions in non-English speaking countries mandate that visiting students enroll in language courses in the native tongue. Be aware of your own ability to learn and utilize languages when choosing your study abroad destination. As in all of life, communication is key.
When considering studying abroad, it's important to take into consideration your own identity. Each university and each country boasts many different cultures, values and ethics. Some of these might be appealing to you; others may not. When doing your research into countries and institutions, think about how you as a person will mesh with the environment and culture.
While traveling abroad, the traveler always assumes some level of risk. This risk can include natural disasters, political unrest, communicable diseases, or any number of potential issues related to areas through which one might travel. Quinnipiac University will keep a student abreast of the most pertinent issues, but the student is responsible for researching and understanding the status of their destination. Quinnipiac University mandates that all students studying abroad purchase their International Medical and Security Assistance and Accident Sickness Plans as a means of managing the innate assumption of risk.