Thinking of studying in Spain, Senegal or South Korea? Before you pack your bags and practice asking "Where's the restroom?," let the Web be your passport to a world of resources on study abroad.
Before you start your research, your first step should be to determine your goals and explore what your own school offers and allows. Most colleges have a Web site devoted exclusively to studying abroad, which typically includes information on available programs, application deadlines and eligibility, as well as resources to campus events like Study Abroad Fairs, where you can pick up information, hear students' stories about the study abroad experience and ask questions.
Deciding on a program
This article from VistaWide offers great tips on how to select a program, where to study and for how long. To compare different programs, check out StudyAbroad.com, which has summer study abroad, internship, service learning and volunteer abroad programs, intensive language programs and more. The The Institute for International Education has a comprehensive program list and great resources to help you find the best fit. The institute also administers programs on behalf of many international sponsors and offers extensive information on the various Fulbright programs. If you're lucky enough to qualify for a Fulbright or other government-sponsored programs, find out more at the U.S. State Department site.
Finding financial aid
Once you've chosen your destination, the next step is to figure out how you'll pay for your program. According to FinAid.com, your school shouldn't deny you any federal aid as long as you are taking at least half a course-load that will count toward your degree.
International Education Financial Aid is a great resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad. AllAbroad has lots of links to fellowship, grant and scholarship opportunities, and InternationalScholarships.Com is also a great place to look for funding.
Getting ready to go
Worried you'll contract something more serious than a case of spring fever while studying abroad? Then check out Center for Disease Control Travel Information. For more on traveling abroad, including advisories and aid for U.S. citizens in other countries, visit the U.S. Department of State.
For more information on selecting a program, finding funding and staying safe, be sure to visit UniversitySpot's Study Abroad Resource Center. There, you can find everything you'll need to have fun and study hard, such as language help, travel resources and useful links to topics such as culture shock, what to pack and how to stay in touch with loved ones back home. Just don't forget to get a passport!