Study abroad programs have are not one-size-fits-all and there is a program for every type of learner. You may choose your program based on major, but also type of program, location or language. Fall or spring? Semester or summer? Homestay or dorm? You may also want to ask yourself: how far out of my comfort zone am I willing to go? While there are many considerations, explained below are a few places to begin thinking about your search.
What to consider in choosing a program
Types of programs
- Designed for the student looking for the most independent, immersive experience
- Administered on-site directly by a host University, designed to integrate Clark students into the host institution
- Students take courses as if they are enrolled in a degree program at the host institution, offering a wide range of course options
- Provides opportunities for campus involvement such as clubs, sports and activities
- Usually dorm or apartment style living in single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms with local or other international students
- Examples of Direct Enroll & Exchange programs:
- University of Stirling, Sussex, SOAS University of London, University of East Anglia, the London School of Economics, and the University of Tasmania (U Tas), the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France, and the University of Trier in Germany.
- Programs administered by a third-party study abroad provider or foreign institution and involve a “study center”
- Set up for U.S. students abroad as a home base for academics, social activities and in some cases, accommodation
- Usually offer specialized courses, built-in excursions, and community service options or internships
- Housing may be with other study abroad students, homestays or residence halls
- Examples of these providers are CET, CAPA and CGEE (Center for Global Education Experiences)
Hybrid Programs: Most study centers also have a relationship with a host university or several host institutions, where students may be able to directly enroll in university courses, language courses or take “courses for foreigners.” However, there will still be local support staff dedicated to study abroad students on site, excursions and other support services. The spectrum of services on a hybrid and degree of immersion may vary.
Example of these types of programs are:
- CIEE Gaborone, CIEE Legon, CIEE Rennes, CIEE Perth, CIEE Cape Town
- CIS Costa Rica
- AIFS Stellenbosch