Studying Abroad: How the Process Works

So you want to study abroad. That’s great! It probably wasn’t an easy decision. Once you make the decision, though, how do you put your plan into action? There are a few things you’ll want to do before you hop on the plane en route to your new home.

Where to Start

Where do you want to go? Any particular language or major you’d like to pursue? Will you take a program offered through your home university…or from a program provider like ISA, CIEE, CEA, or Semester at Sea?  It’s a lot to think about but there are numerous resources to help. Start with your school’s study abroad officer. Here at Gulliver we try to accommodate all your study abroad needs.  Students can search programs in over 70 countries.  You can even search which programs your university approves.

Finding the Right Program

What do you hope to accomplish abroad?  You’re study abroad advisor can only help so much, then you’re on your own.

Do you want to learn a new language? Maybe you want to improve language skills you’ve already acquired. In any case, Gulliver lets you search by location (ie. France, China, Paris, or Beijing), language, price, area of study, and time of year. Do you want to Request Informationstudy for a semester? Entire academic year? Or maybe just for the summer? It’s up to you. If you want to learn more about a particular program on Gulliver, click on “Request Info.” Fill out a little about yourself and you’ll find out everything you need to know about your prospective program.  If you’re a quick decision maker…then hit “Apply Now.”  There’s no waiting in line; you’ll immediately be directed to the main site of your preferred program.

Pretty easy, huh?

Planning Your Trip

You’ve figured out where you want to go and what you’re going to study. Congrats! Now comes the fun part- planning the trip. It might appear overwhelming at first. Rest assured, it’s not hard to find information on any locale. Check with your new study abroad program. See what tips the directors provide and what they offer in terms of funding, insurance, housing, and cell phone service. You can also peruse the Country Guide section of Gulliver. Whether you’re going to France, China, Australia, Italy, or Argentina, Gulliver’s “Prepare to Go” section will advise you on everything you’ll need to survive overseas. You’ll probably learn several things you didn’t know.. and some you didn’t want to know.

If you have questions – ask!  From your advisors, to online study abroad forums and Gulliver’s discussion section, there is plenty of advice to be had. All you have to do is ask.  Here at Gulliver, we connect students and travelers with a community of people who are currently abroad or have already returned home.  Their advice will prove invaluable.

You’ve done all the hard stuff. Now, sit back and relax. You’re trip will be great. While abroad, consider blogging or posting photos of your trip. You’re experience will be just as important, if not more exciting, than those who went before you.

1 Response to “Studying Abroad: How the Process Works”

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