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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.

Types of Study Abroad Programs

There is no “one size fits all” study program.  In addition to academics or location, and it is important that you are considering factors such as the environment where you thrive, the type of housing you might want, how much support you need or independence you want.

Study Center Hybrid Direct Enroll
  • Study with cohort of American university, students (20-40 students)
  • Courses specifically designed for study abroad students within an American style of teaching
  • Highest level of support
  • Receive support from a program provider
  • May have opportunity to study at a foreign university
  • Courses may be taught by international faculty at a study center
  • Spend a semester or year as an international student at a foreign university
  • Broadest range of courses
  • Grades and teaching style may differ
  • Full immersion
  • Highest level of independence
Example:

  • CGEE Namibia
  • ASE
  • CAPA London
Example:

  • CIEE Gaborone
  • CIS Costa Rica
Example:

  • University of Stirling
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Tasmania

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More about study centers

  • 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), SFS or SIT

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, API Grenoble, AIFS Stellenbosch

Direct Enroll & Exchange

  • 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 at the host institution, offering the widest 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), and the University of Trier in Germany.