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  Study Abroad

Fiction vs. Facts*

Have you ever considered the possibility of studying abroad? Have you thought it was something you could never do?

There are a number of myths about studying abroad, and the Office of International Student Services would like to separate the fiction from the facts.

FICTION:
"Study abroad programs are very expensive, so only rich kids can afford it."

FACT:
Study abroad programs can last from two weeks to a semester in another country. Therefore the cost of participating in study abroad programs varies. However, if you invest some time and energy, you can find a program that can be done on a budget.

FICTION:
"I can’t participate in a study abroad program because I receive financial aid."

FACT:
TAP and Pell grants, as well as Stafford loans can be used for study abroad.

FICTION:
"I am sure that I’ll have fun if I study abroad, but my credits won't be useful anywhere else, so it will have been a waste of time and money!"

FACT:
Employers and schools value international experience more than ever. International experience on your resumé is a win-win situation. It broadcasts wide, bold perspectives, cultural sensitivity, creative problem-solving skills, and resourcefulness. You will be seen as someone who is grounded, and you will have an edge over those who do not have an international experience.

FICTION:
"Studying overseas is only for students majoring in Literature, Language and Fine Arts."

FACT:
There is a wide range of study abroad programs. This includes programs in aquatic sciences, anthropology, archeology, broadcasting, ceramics, communications, business, economics, education, engineering, environmental sciences, history, humanities, informatics and electronics, international relations, journalism, language study, linguistics, literature, music, painting, photography, politics, sculpture, social sciences, sociology and much more.

FICTION:
"There’s not enough time in my academic plan to fit everything in."

FACT:
Study abroad programs are offered during a variety of time periods: summer sessions, during intersession between the fall and spring semesters, and during the fall and spring semesters.

* Adapted from SUNY Ulster