The Office of International Academic Programs is excited to have you back on campus and ready to help you plan your semester abroad! Now is the perfect opportunity to seriously consider if a semester or academic year overseas is right for you.
Here are some important questions you should ask yourself:
1. When would I go, if I did study abroad? (Fall/Spring? Full year program?)
One of the keys to studying abroad involves figuring out the best time during the school year for you to go. Sometimes, majors, minors, or concentrations involve a particularly crucial course that is available in one semester, and students are encouraged to plan their study abroad experience around this course. This is also true for sports (with active seasons), committees, and other clubs/jobs on campus. Talk to your advisor, your coach (if you play a sport), or other students with similar commitments to see how they consider study abroad. If you plan ahead, you CAN study abroad!
Other things to factor in are family commitments during the academic year, like weddings or important graduations to attend. You should also check out the academic calendar year of the country where you are considering studying. For example, in Germany, the fall semester runs through February. Check out our Program Descriptions to see the program start and end dates for each program.
2. What do I want to gain by going abroad that I couldn’t gain at Haverford?
Consider why you’d want to be traveling abroad, and what you want your goals to be. Can you accomplish your goals in the same way at Haverford as you would while abroad?Here are some ways that study abroad can transform and positively impact your college career. Which of these are important to you?
- Language immersion
- Fulfill language requirement in one semester (at some of the programs)
- Specific courses (i.e. Nordic studies in Sweden)
- Practice independence
- Take a break from the routine, while still furthering your academic studies
- International work/abroad experience
- Studying abroad has significant career benefits, and will make you stand out in an interview
3. What kind of experience do I want?
The abroad programs available to Haverford students are diverse, and the kind of program that is best for you will not necessarily be the same as your friends’. Explore the Factors to Consider section of our FAQ to learn more about the different kinds, and also consider what each individual program may bring to the table– our Program Descriptions will include that information. Some programs may involve an international internship component that is integrated into the curriculum (so you’re going to school and interning at a company/organization), others promise a fully immersive language component where you can test your language skills every day. Others involve an intense single-course of study for students who are interested in delving into a single academic interest, or fulfilling a language requirement with courses in the host culture’s language.
4. How can I finance study abroad?
52% of all Haverford students who studied abroad last year were on financial aid. Studying abroad in certain countries is more expensive than in others. If you would like to compare costs of living check out: www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living. There are many resources available to make the trip more affordable, and remember that your Haverford financial aid travels with you!
Mandatory Information Session
Wednesday, September 14th
6:30 PM Stokes Auditorium
*All students studying abroad are required to attend one information session prior to studying abroad-start the process early and attend an information session!*
Mandatory Oxford, Cambridge, and London School of Economics Information Session
Thursday, November 10th
6:30 PM Gest 101
**If you are interested in attending one of these schools for the 2017-2018 academic year, you are required to attend this information session in order to be nominated!**
Questions? Let’s talk! Attend a mandatory information session, send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), check out our website, stop by Chase 213 and pick up some program brochures, or come check out the incredibly helpful black binders. Write down all of those concerns/worries that you have, and let us help you sort things out. Remember, Dean Mancini and I are here to help you with the process, and there are tons of resources for you to use- all you have to do is ask!
Ps, Start applying for a passport now if you don’t already have one! Your passport must be valid 6 months AFTER your intended return date to be able to study abroad. Check your passport’s expiration date ASAP!