Find the Right Short-Term Study Abroad Program in the United States
Studying abroad in the U.S. offers tremendous benefits, but the sheer number of colleges and universities can be overwhelming. How to find the right short-term program for you? Answer these four questions to focus your search.
What size institution do you want?
Try to imagine yourself in a small school (fewer than 2,000 students), a medium-size school (2,000 to 15,000 students), and a large school (more than 15,000 students). Which setting would be most comfortable?
Where in the United States would you like to be?
Research the country’s major regions to find your preferred environment. Each has its own climate, landscape, and cultural heritage; and each has schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The Northeast is densely populated and industrial. The South has a temperate climate and distinctive customs and cuisine. The Midwest is known for fertile farmland and friendly inhabitants along with major metropolitan centers. The Southwest is warm and dry, with stark desert landscapes outside of urban areas. The West boasts scenic beauty and diverse landscape ranging from desert to wilderness.
Does the number of international students matter?
The presence of international students varies by institution. If you’d prefer to be part of a large contingent rather than a small minority, consult a school’s website or admissions office to check the numbers.
Should the institution cater to a broad range of students or to specific interests?
Some schools specialize in certain subjects, like science or art; some have a religious affiliation; and some are all-male or all-female. Determine whether you’d like a school with a particular focus or one with a wide variety of people and pursuits.