I have been studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, for almost a month and a half now, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. If you can study abroad, it is an amazing opportunity and something I think everyone should experience
Choosing where you want to study abroad can be overwhelming, and there are a few things you should consider when deciding your abroad destination. Here are four tips to help you make your decision.
1. Consider the logistics.
Are you in a major or program where you are eligible to study abroad? Will the credits roll over and be applicable at Georgetown? All of these considerations are good to think about when you begin researching studying abroad.
2. Find a place where you can pursue your passions and academic interests.
Try to align your own academic pursuits with the programs in universities abroad. Copenhagen, for example, is well-known for its sustainability curriculum, which is something I study at Georgetown and was very interested in learning about abroad.
3. Decide what kind of study abroad experience you’d like to have.
At Georgetown, you can choose between two study abroad options: a fully immersive experience, in which you study at a local university and take courses with local students, likely in a foreign language; or a study abroad program, in which you take classes with other American students from different universities. It can help to think about what is most important to you when studying abroad. Are you interested in practicing and perfecting a language? Do you want to fully immerse yourself in a country’s culture? Or would you prefer to study in a program designed for study abroad students? There are pros and cons to both experiences, so just think about what works best for you!
4. Where you want to study abroad?
This is arguably the most important thing to think about. Consider the location’s language, culture, weather, food and lifestyle. Think about where you can see yourself living for five months. If you plan to travel while you’re abroad, think about your location’s proximity to other countries and cities you’d like to visit.
Copenhagen is a wonderful city, but I have friends in Madrid, Florence, London, Prague, New Zealand and Australia who are also all having amazing experiences.
Studying abroad is an opportunity you should absolutely take advantage of if you’re able to. Living in and experiencing a new culture for five months is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something that will forever impact my life.
Think it through, do some research and get excited—abroad awaits!