You can afford it. Studying abroad doesn't have to be expensive. Each student is responsible for researching all the details of programs under consideration. State and federal financial aid can be applied to your study abroad expenses if you are eligible, and some scholarships are available. If you already have a scholarship, it's possible that it can be applied toward the cost of studying abroad.
You can study abroad and graduate on time. With careful planning, you should be able to study abroad and finish your curriculum in four years. Study abroad during winter break or the summer semesters is available, and many students within certain majors can study abroad for an entire year and still graduate on time.
You can study abroad in English if you don't have proficiency in another language. Destinations like England and Australia are obvious choices for studying in English, but did you know that many countries have programs in English even where English is not the primary language? A few examples are Thailand, Finland, South Korea and the Netherlands.
You can reap the benefits of study abroad regardless of your major or long-term goals. Students who have studied abroad gain qualities valued by employers and admissions counselors. They are more mature, independent, culturally aware and have excellent interpersonal skills.
You can take courses for your major, minor, electives, or general education. While not all areas of study are available in all locations, students can find appropriate courses for their program of study as long as planning begins early.
You can get credit for courses taken abroad. Appalachian actively promotes the advantages of studying abroad by offering faculty-led programs and by assisting students in matching credits from foreign institutions to their own curriculum.
You can study abroad anytime after your academic career. Options for Appalachian students are a full academic year, a semester, a summer, or even during semester or spring breaks. In all cases, students must plan ahead in order to study abroad at their chosen time.
You can travel safely. Though traveling abroad requires a degree of caution, a term overseas is by no means certain danger. Our pre departure orientation programs inform students of health and safety issues before departure and provide guidelines and procedures to ensure student safety.
You can (and should) study abroad NOW. Once you start life in the "real world" with financial, professional and personal responsibilities, finding the opportunity to go abroad becomes more difficult and more expensive. Going abroad as a student allows you to become integrated within a new culture rather than just visiting as a tourist. Furthermore, as a student, you often have access to more economical student rates for travel, museum admission, and other opportunities.