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June 14, 2010 / Brent Sears

What You Need to Study Abroad

What You Need to Study Abroad

It starts with investigating if you want to go abroad.  If the answer is yes then the next step is to find out where you want to go.  England, Australia and New Zealand may all be top choices on the list until you see the price tag.  Or you may decide that  one of these destinations is perfect.  What you really need to make sure is on track is the credits.  This is study abroad, not just travel abroad.

To figure this out you will need the help of your academic advisor.  In my opinion, your academic advisor is the most important person in your college life.  They will help you, not do it all for you, stay on track and graduate on time.  They are supposed to be experts in your major and they should spot any prerequisites that might get in the way.  They will be a big help in determining if a program works for you.

Many academic advisors are great, but sometimes they are not very helpful and occasionally they are terrible.  DO NOT PUT UP WITH THIS.  He or she may be a nice and caring person, but if they are not a top notch advisor go to the department secretary for whatever academic department you are in and ask them if you can change.  It’s usually that simple.   You can also ask a professor that knows your major what to do.  Oftentimes students have a favorite professor who has helped them academically.  These individuals are almost always open to helping you with your course choices.  (The good people are usually good in all areas of the process.)

Your academic advisor is the base of your study abroad adventure, so don’t settle for anything less than the best.


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