Where do I start?
When it comes to studying abroad you can never do too much planning ahead. Of course the first step in the process is to make a commitment to devote the time required to thoroughly researching several programs to determine which one is right for you. Most degrees require that a certain number of courses related toward your major or minor be taken at the university from which you will receive your degree. Keep that in mind when researching course offerings. You may consider taking core curriculum and elective courses when studying abroad to avoid any problem that may occur later in your college career should you decide to change majors. Spend sometime discussing these issues with your advisor to determine which courses would best suit your degree needs.
Use the internet to research various programs and requirements. Once you decide on a specific program discuss any questions you may have with a campus representative. Be specific and ask about costs, credits, transcripts, flights and any other questions that you may have. Also, ask your representative to put you in contact with a former participant of the program so that you can hear first hand about their experiences. If the program fits your needs then you should meet with your academic advisor to discuss your plans. Discuss your courses and your graduation requirements and any other questions you may have regarding your study abroad credits.
Now that you have decided on a program and have approval of your advisor then you must begin the process of filling out the proper forms. Be sure to make an appointment with the financial aid office to discuss the Hope Scholarship. You are now well on your way to the experience of a lifetime. Keep in touch with representatives of the program and make sure your passport is up-to-date.