students, they have known where they would like to study abroad. For others,
making that decision can be difficult when there are many unique and diverse
are having trouble deciding where, think about the following:
Do you have experience with a language other than English?
Does your family have any history in any particular country that you would like to explore?
Are there more options to take classes that go along with your major with programs in certain countries more so than others?
If studying in one of your top countries is prohibitively expensive, are you open to studying in a place that is more affordable?
What type of city do you want to live in? A big metropolis or a small college-town?
to narrow your search in study abroad locations is to create a list of all countries
that you are interested in. Once you have a list, learn as much as you can
about these countries. You can either do research on your own, or you can
peruse study abroad catalogs given by third-party providers (after you have
completed your first advising appointment, we will provide you with as many
catalogs as you would like). Through your research, one country will soon
become apparent, and you will next decide on a program.
Think about the following:
- What types of courses would you like to study?
- Do you want to take courses specifically for your major or take core requirements?
- Do you need to take specific courses in order to graduate on time?
- Are you studying a language?
- What would you like to get out of your experience abroad?
- Are there certain places that you would like to visit or events that you would like to experience while abroad?
- What specific things do you want to experience in a new culture? (Food, family, history, language, business...)
- What type of professional skills would you like to gain from your experience?
- Are you interested in interning abroad? Some programs offer internship opportunities!
- How will your chosen country or program fit into your career goals?
As you decide on your provider, you should be asking yourself these type of questions.
in another country where you do not speak the language can be intimidating, but
your study abroad provider will be there to help you. Most providers will have
on-site staff that are fluent in English to orient you and assist you when you
when culture, language barrier, adaptation, and/or stress become overwhelming.
Having said that, it is a good idea to prepare before you go abroad in the language of your destination country. Here are some tips to do just that:
you go abroad to your program destination, preparing yourself to navigate
the language differences is a wonderful way to enrich your experience. Here are
some tips to navigate the language barrier:
- Take a language class offered at CU Denver
- Take a class offered by another college or university, or by Colorado Free University
- Use one of the many web resources to learn a language, like Verbling, Livemocha, Busuu, or Italki
- Buy a travel book, which should not only have great information about your country and helpful phrases to use
in your everyday interactions.
The type of housing you will have can vary greatly depending on the culture and economics of your study abroad location. Here are a few of the possibilities:
- Homestay, which could be a family consisting of two parents
and young children, two parents with grown up children living outside of the
home, or a single man or woman.
- Dorms or community residences, which could be a mix of foreign students with locals, or entirely Americans
- Apartment, flat, or independent housing
In all of these cases, it is important to ask your provider exactly what they offer so you can decide what is best for you. Are you looking to immerse yourself in the culture and practice the language? Are you more independent and want to cook for yourself? Whenever possible, you should match your personality and study abroad goals to the type of housing you choose.
consideration to be mindful of is that prices for third-party programs will
vary among each other, even within the same city. When looking at the price of
a program, you should consider what is included in the cost of a program.
at your institution is almost always included in the price. The difference
between program costs may be due to the chosen institution of the
addition to tuition, here are some other components to look for in the program cost:
International Health Insurance
Housing (host-stay, campus, apartments, etc.)
Meals (how many per day, weekend, etc.)
Visa support and fees
Day-to-day costs (public transportation passes, laundry, phone plans, internet access)
On-site support (resident director, tutoring, etc.)
Excursions (where are the excursions, how many are included
in the price, etc.)
· Orientations (pre-departure, on-site)
Textbooks and materials
· Airport pick-up
· Volunteer or internship opportunities
· Transcript support
of these components are not included in the overall price, you should plan on
paying for this on your own. Keep in mind that a cheaper program might mean
that you are responsible for paying more for things on your own; however, this
may not always be the case.
more information about paying for your program, visit our Funding section.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources
If you are receiving
financial aid at University of Colorado Denver, then whatever funding you are
receiving for the given term that you are studying abroad can be applied
towards your study abroad program cost. Qualifying financial aid that can be
applied towards program costs are grants, scholarships, fellowships, and
student loans. When researching programs, be contemplative about how to
maximize your experience without breaking your budget. In addition to financial
aid, there are many scholarships that are will help you fund your study abroad,
and you can find scholarship information from our website.
If you are interested in
seeing what financial aid may be available to you, please contact Jennifer
Helgeson at Jennifer.Helgeson@ucdenver.edu or
Course Credit and the Credit Transfer Process
course credit transferred from an approved study abroad program can be
applicable towards your degree program at the University of Colorado Denver.
The initial step in the credit transferring process is to obtain a course
approval form from the Office of Global Education. With this form, you will
seek approval from your college advisor, major advisor, and/or minor advisor to
determine exactly whether and how the courses/credits will apply to your
degree. During this process, please provide them with all the information of
your chosen program and course descriptions. We recommend that you get course
approvals for at least three additional classes, because course schedules may
change upon arrival.
stay in touch with the Study Abroad Office with any further questions or
concerns about credits and the legitimacy of study abroad programs.
There are hundreds of programs and providers out there, and finding the perfect fit can be daunting.
The websites below act as search engines to narrow down programs for you:
Also, many providers feature student blogs, where you can see what life abroad is as a student in a program that you’re thinking of going on.
In order to receive
credit and financial aid, the program of your choice must be approved through
the Office of Global Education. Make an
appointment or send us
an email for further information.