Choosing a Program

The success of your study abroad experience depends on careful planning. From academic considerations such as how your course will fulfill university requirements to more personal ones such as the food and climate in your location, you need to research your options and choose the program that’s right for you. 

Some questions to consider:

  • Why do you want to study abroad?
  • Are you interested in a specific location or field of study?
  • Do you want to widen your global perspective?
  • Do you want to immerse yourself in a new culture?
  • Do you want to practice your language skills?
  • What kind of experience are you looking for?
  • Are you looking to living in a dorm? Share an apartment suite? Live with a host family?
  • Do you want to travel to several different locations or stay in one city?
  • Do you prefer an urban environment or a rural one?

Program-specific Research

  • Visit the program webpage. Be sure to check out the “On Location” sections, which include descriptions of the housing, meal options, and links to resources that will help you research the destination. Many programs also include archived podcasts of a past info sessions hosted by the instructor—usually located under “Announcements.”
  • Stop by UC Davis Study Abroad where you can talk with a student Peer Advisor who has just returned from studying abroad. Program Coordinators are also available during daily drop-in hours; you can also schedule a 30-minute appointment with Program Coordinators.
  • Send an email to the program instructor. He/she is the expert on the program! You can find instructor biographies and contact information on the 'Instructor Information' section within each program webspage (Summer Abroad; Quarter Abroad). Many instructors are award-winning educators who have many years of life experience at the program's location. They would love to hear from you!

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