Typically, most students go in their junior year, though recently we’ve seen an increase in number of second-year students going abroad. The timing of your abroad experience should be agreed upon by you and your academic advisor. Each program offers different international incentives, and some are geared for better opportunities later in your academic career, whereas others may be better towards the beginning.
Most students go either in the spring or summer, though don’t rule out the fall semester. No matter when (or where), we’ll have great opportunities for you.
As far as length, most students generally do a semester or a summer semester. Some go for the year, and increasingly, more students opt for a semester + internship combination.
With our exchanges and consortium agreement with Global E3, you’ll be able to go to a wide variety of countries on four continents. After reading the notes below, you may want to check your options for potential programs.
There are basically three principles you should follow in deciding where the best location is for you to study or work abroad:
- Personal preference: Some people are more interested in Asia than Europe, or maybe Australia instead of Latin America. Regardless of the location, there should be excellent opportunities if you know where you’d like to be.
- Program opportunities: Certain countries may be stronger or have more options in certain fields than others (i.e. Germany in Mechanical Engineering, Japan in Computer Engineering, etc). Listen to your professors and check out the opportunities out there.
- Language: You may not feel like you’re ready to study in foreign country with a foreign language. However, if you are at the 300 level of language study, you’ll generally be prepared to take courses in that language. Don’t let your fears restrict you!