Summer Opportunities: Studying Abroad

9 Apr

The school year of 2013-2014 is almost at an end, and it’s been an adventure. Deep inside I know most of us are ready for the semester to be over, but unfortunately we still have four weeks of school left. We need to power through these last couple of weeks, and end the semester with a bang!

However, after we dominate finals guess what time it is?  SUMMER TIME! 


Summer can be one of the greatest moments ever, or they could potentially be one of the worst. Some people plan their break very carefully, while others just go with the flow. Some students take a couple extra classes, while others work throughout the summer. Regardless of how you plan your time off, I want to talk to you amazing people about studying abroad during the summer.


It is extremely important to plan ahead if you’re interested in studying abroad. The reason why it’s important to plan ahead is because the application process is quiet long, but don’t let that stop you!

The University of Arizona has a magnificent study abroad program. They have programs all around the world which provides you with many different options to choose from. If they don’t have a program that fits you, don’t to worry, they have highly skilled advisors to help you find one that is just right.


The study abroad program offers four main programs.

  • UA Faculty-led: Programs organized and/or taught by UA professors and staff.  Students take classes with other UA students.  Participants earn direct UA credit, which means grades received are calculated into the UA GPA. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status.
  • Student Exchange: Students attend one of UA’s partner institutions abroad for a semester or academic year and attend classes with a mix of local and international students.  Participants pay the equivalent of UA tuition and earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA. Please note: space is limited in some exchanges, so apply early!
  • Direct Enroll: Similar to exchange, students attend one of UA’s partner institutions abroad with a mix of local and international students.  However, students pay the host institution’s tuition plus a UA Registration Fee.  Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.
  • Third-party provider: There are 7 UA-affiliated third-party program providers (CEA, CIEE, DIS, GlobaLinks, IAU, ISA, and Semester at Sea) that draw students from all over the U.S. The experiences you gain from these programs can vary significantly by provider and location. In most cases, students take classes with other US students, but some programs also offer classes with a mix of local and international students. Students pay a set program fee, regardless of residency status, plus a UA Registration Fee.  Students earn transfer credit, which does not affect the UA GPA.

Very self explanatory right? If you have any further questions about these types of programs feel free to contact the Study Abroad office. Before you apply to a program there are a several steps you need to take. 

            Step 1 Attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session: All students interested in studying abroad must attend Study Abroad 101, a one-hour session that is full of helpful information.

           Step 2 Create a Study Abroad ProfileDoing so will provide necessary information to our study abroad coordinators so they can help you select the program that is best for you.  There is no commitment at this point and it’s free to create a profile. 

           Step 3 Consider Your Program Options: Like I said there are hundreds of programs to choose from in approximately 60 countries which range from 4-10 weeks. Use the program search tool to help you narrow your search. If your looking for programs that best suites your Major/Minor check out a few on the Study Abroad for your Major/Mnior page.

           Step 4 Meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator: Once you have narrowed down your choices, meet with one (or more!) of the study abroad coordinators to get more details, and ask any questions you might have. You can book an appointment with them online

            Step 5 Meet with your Academic Advisor: Like I said early PLAN AHEAD! Talk with your academic advisor as early as possible about your intent to study abroad. One you’ve selected a program, you should meet with your academic advisor to make sure the program satisfies your academic requirement and keeps you on track for graduation. VERY IMPORTANT. 

          Step 6 APPLY!: Once you’ve have completed all these steps, you are ready to apply to your program. Apply by clicking the “Apply Now” button on your program’s page. However, keep in mind that each time you open an application, your Bursar’s account will be charged a $80 non-refundable application fee, whether you decide to complete the application or not. So be sure you’re ready!  This is also a perfect time to check Scholarship Universe for study abroad scholarships. 

I know this was a lot of information to take in, but once you’ve completed these six easy step you’re ready to launch into a summer of a lifetime. It is too late to apply for this summer, but plan ahead and apply for the Summer of 2015. There is a saying that has always stuck with me, and I hope that you find it just as motivating as I did:

“Those who study abroad wish they would of done it again, and those who’ve never studied abroad wish they did.” – Unknown

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