Living 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:
Before 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
a language class offered at CU Denver
a class offered by another college or university, or by Colorado Free University
one of the many web resources to learn a language, like Verbling, Livemocha, Busuu, or Italki
a travel book, which should not only have great information about your country and
helpful phrases to use in your everyday interactions.
Think about the following questions:
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
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.
some 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
you 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
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?
technique 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.
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
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.
Tuition at your institution is almost always
included in the price. The difference between program costs may be due to the
chosen institution of the program.
In addition to tuition, here are some other
components to look for in the program cost:
(host-stay, campus, apartments, etc.)
(how many per day, weekend, etc.)
support and fees
costs (public transportation passes, laundry, phone plans, internet
support (resident director, tutoring, etc.)
(where are the excursions, how many are included in the price, etc.)
or internship opportunities
If any 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.
For more information about paying for your program,
visit our Funding section.
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.
More resources: goabroad.com or iiepassport.org and DiversityAbroad.com.
If you are interested in seeing what financial aid
may be available to you, please contact Sarah Cozzini at Sarah.Cozzini@ucdenver.edu or
The 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.
Please 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.
below act as search engines to narrow down programs for you:
· IIE Passport
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