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Questions to Ask Yourself

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BC in paris

Students interested in any type of education abroad are encouraged to think intentionally regarding the experience. The Office of International Programs (OIP) wants students to think carefully about what is the best program fit for them. To help, the OIP has compiled a list of questions students can ask themselves. It is not an exhaustive list, but can help with the decision.

  • What graduation requirements do you need to fulfill?
  • Will you need to take major-subject courses or do you have flexibility for electives in other subjects?
  • Do you want to improve your foreign language skills? Learn a new language?
  • Do you want to study, intern/volunteer, or conduct research (or all three) while abroad?
  • Do you want to build your resume for graduate school?
  • Do you want to improve your professional skill set?
  • Why do you want to go abroad? Why is it important to you?
  • What changes do you hope to see in yourself during/after the experience?
  • Have you had significant experiences with diversity? Are you willing to push your comfort zone in living, studying, and/or working with different groups of people?
  • What challenges do you expect to face? What resources can you seek out to help you overcome them?
  • What do you hope to learn about yourself, others, and the world?
  • Do you want to travel while abroad?
  • Do you want to immerse yourself in another culture?
  • Do you want to explore your family‚Äôs heritage?
  • For how long do you want to go abroad?
  • What countries or cities are of interest to you?
  • Do you prefer a big city, a smaller town, or something in between?
  • Are you interested in a particular culture?
  • Would you prefer a program with a lot of on-site support or one that requires more independence?
  • What size school would you prefer?
  • Would you prefer to live on-campus, off-campus, or with a host family?
  • What international student services does the host institution provide?
  • Are there student activities, clubs, or sports that interest you?
  • What is included in the program cost?
  • What extra expenses will you incur that are not included in the program cost?
  • Are you eligible for any scholarships?
  • Do you receive BC financial aid? And if so, do you need to choose a program that will permit you to carry over aid during (for academic year programs only)?
  • What is the dollar currently worth in the host country?