SUNY Fredonia Study Abroad
Over 600 programs in 70 different countries
SUNY Fredonia study abroad offers a number of programs for SUNY and non-SUNY students, from first year to graduate level. Usually, undergraduates study abroad during their junior year, but seniors, well-prepared sopho-mores and occasionally freshman are eligible. Study abroad is not for just language study anymore, students can take major coursework, minor coursework, upper-division electives, and CCC requirements while abroad.
It may seem strange to be encouraging you to leave your college for a semester or a year even before you've started your college career. The fact is, there is no better time for you to spread your wings and experience not just college life, but a whole new culture in a whole new part of the world. SUNY Fredonia study abroad is a perfect opportunity to learn, to expand your horizons, and to become a citizen of the world.
There are, also, some less costly variations: Au-pair (nanny) and study combination programs; short term (usually summer) work abroad opportunities; shorter term programs in the summer or during semester breaks. Start early to scout out sources of financial assistance - don't wait until you've been accepted, or even until you've chosen a program. Know what's available.
Studying abroad should not cause you to take additional time to earn your degree; if you plan carefully, you should be able to complete your college program in the same amount of time. You should receive transfer credit, or possibly even your own university's credit, for your study abroad. Don't commit yourself to a program until you are sure that your university will grant you credit. Make sure that your academic departments will approve the courses that you take abroad as equivalent to on-campus courses.
There are many factors to consider when you choose a program. Among them are the types of courses that are offered; the location; the cost and what's included in the total cost; choice of housing arrangements, homestay or residence hall; the degree of immersion that you desire in the host culture.
Consult with academic advisors, Study Abroad advisors, Study Abroad student
returnees, and Study Abroad program representatives. More and more information about every aspect of study abroad, from program listings to scholarship opportunities, can be found online. Exploring the Web will give you many ideas to discuss with your advisors.
SUNY Abroad belongs to a professional organization that helps programs to network and cooperate with one another. Information about political unrest, natural disasters or any other incidents is passed on quickly. The directors of responsible abroad programs will make every effort to make sure that you are safe in your surroundings. Programs are not usually offered in war zones or highly unstable areas in the world. It is the program's responsibility to tell you everything you need to know to be safe in your location. It is, of course, your responsibility to heed what you are told. It may be hard to imagine, but parents of students in other countries worry about their children's safety when these children study in the United States. In fact, the likelihood of encountering random violence is far higher in the U.S. than almost anywhere else in the world. Theft and pick-pocketing may occur anywhere. It's easier in other countries to know where the truly dangerous areas are (if any) and to stay away from them.
Study abroad is not a vacation. Everyone who returns says it was fun, but the fun is really in what you learn about the rest of the world and about yourself. In addition to the courses you take, the subject matter is usually reinforced by your surroundings. We are living in a global economy. Any potential employer who is not impressed with your self-motivation, willingness to take risks, and expanded awareness of the world probably isn't worth working for in the first place. Medical school administrators say that registrants who study abroad bring an increased level of maturity and capability and are considered excellent candidates, assuming GPA and MCAT grades, etc. are acceptable. The major knowledge of a second language is a definite plus. Businesses with international connections want employees who can "hit the ground running" when they arrive in a foreign country.
There are many factors to consider in choosing the right program for you, and there is specific information from your university that you need. Be sure to check at your university's international office soon so that you can get all of the assistance you'll need to plan the best experience of your life.