About 35% of Carroll School students will study abroad during their junior year. Most students will go for one semester, but a few will study abroad for an entire year.
There are many questions that one needs to consider in making the decision to study abroad. Where should I go? What courses should I take? In starting this process, it is helpful to read the section of this site "Deciding Where to Study" and to make an appointment at the Office of International Programs.
Once you have made your decision about where to study, visit the "Preparing for Study Abroad" section for the steps you need to complete before you leave such as getting Dean Keeley's approval and selecting courses.
What Students are Saying About Studying Abroad
Nuria, Class of 2015
Marketing and Operations Management
I had my mind set on experiencing life in Australia even before I started college. Through an internal program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), I was able to live in Sydney for five adrenaline-filled months. Sydney captured my heart from the very beginning. In its urban canvas, a synergy exists between the characteristics of a modern city greatly influenced by its immigrant cultures and immense valor of the Aboriginal peoples. Aside from world-famous surf beaches and beautiful weather, Sydney has so much to offer that sitting around is never an option, trust me!
At UNSW, I took Organizational Behavior, Marine Environment (science core), Aboriginal Sydney (cultural diversity core), and an internship at a private wealth management firm counted as my last class. Aboriginal Sydney ended up being a huge learning experience since it helped me understand the value of living in the cradle of the most ancient surviving culture in the world.
I lived at an apartment on Coogee Beach which was along a cliff walk connecting Sydney's beaches. Jogging along the different beaches until sunset is definitely what I miss most. I was also able to travel to Melbourne, Tasmania, along the eastern coast from Brisbane to the Great Barrier Reef, and at the very end, I backpacked across New Zealand's south island for two weeks. I loved study abroad and would do it all over again if I could. Not only did I immerse myself in a new culture, but I learned more about myself and my ability to be independent, as well.
Dennis, Class of 2015
Finance and Information Systems
I always knew that I wanted study abroad to be part of my college experience, and one thing that I really looked for when deciding on where to go was to go somewhere a little less traveled. And so, I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a fantastic experience and I’m honestly surprised that so few BC students elect to go to Denmark.
The biggest things I got out of my experience was getting a deeper understanding of how another part of the world lives, and the people I was able to meet. I met some wonderful people when I was abroad, both locally and internationally, and it was fun learning how the Danes lived and seeing how it was different from what we did in the US. The two parts often blended together as well, as many of the locals helped me a lot with my orientation to their country. These experiences point to the bigger picture of why everyone should go abroad if they have the opportunity to do so, as going abroad gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself entirely in a new culture where you’re outside of your comfort zone and everything is unfamiliar. You get the experience and see everything through a completely different lens, and you have the chance to meet some great people and have interactions you never would have back in the US. It’s a bit of a clichéd statement but there’s a lot of truth to it.
One of my favorite moments when studying abroad was a trip I took to visit Iceland with some friends I met abroad. We rented a car and drove around and went sightseeing for a week. Iceland is a beautiful country with some stunning landscapes, and everyone should go at some point in their lives. Another one of my favorite moments when I was abroad was being able to try all the local cuisine. Always try and hunt down the tastiest local restaurants.
Academically speaking, CBS is one of the highest rated business schools in all of Europe and I had a very positive experience there. I took four courses: Chinese Political Economy, Regional Economic Integration in Asia, Innovation in Emerging Markets, and Organizational Behavior. The class system is a bit different however. For the classes I took there was no homework and nothing counted towards the grade except the final. That being said, many of the readings and lectures can be quite interesting and I took a lot away from the courses I took.
Rachel, Class of 2014
Accounting and Information Systems
I studied abroad through an internal program at Queen Mary University of London in London, England. I would recommend students to study abroad because of the uniqueness of the experience. For most students, it is the first time in your life that you are in a foreign country without your parents. You have to learn how to budget your money for food, travel, and tours within your abroad city, and learn to schedule your time between schoolwork, classes, and exploration. Besides gaining these critical skills, you really form a community with those you study abroad with -- whether it be with BC kids, students from other schools, or international students.
I think the most unrivaled thing that I got out of my study abroad experience was a greater sense of self. I was financing my abroad experience on my own, so I really had to figure out what was important to me. Did I need to go to Oktoberfest, or would I rather invest the money in a trip to the English countryside or show in London's westend? Traveling to foreign countries was also an eye-opening experience. While in London I may have been able to use my American accent and dimples to charm a tube officer into ignoring the fact that I accidentally tried to go through the wrong gate, but this was near impossible in non-English speaking countries. You quickly find out how much patience you have and how good you are at problem-solving. Despite some hiccups in travel plans, I know that I walked away from abroad with a whole new group of friends and journal full of incredible experiences.
My favorite moments abroad mostly included any time that we could get the BC/Queen Mary group all together. Whether it be a tour of the Tower of London, dinner at the local Wetherspoons, or shopping in Camden Market, my abroad group was extremely special, and I loved every minute I got to spend with them.
Academically, my experience abroad was extremely different than it is in Chestnut Hill. In England, high school is set up like our university system and university is set up like our grad school program, so all classes are graded through just one or two tests or papers. Also, classes meet only once a week, so including discussions, I only had class on Mondays and Tuesdays. Having so much freedom and free time was a big adjustment for me since I have such a busy schedule on the heights, but I learned to really enjoy it. In international classes, you get out of the class exactly what you put in to it. This system became extremely appealing to me, because through the research I did more my end of term papers, I found that I was retaining a lot more information than I did cramming for a test.