Myths About Study Abroad

Myths about Study Abroad

I should wait until my junior year to study abroad.

No! The “junior year abroad” is not the only study abroad option. Short-term programs have gained in popularity over the last decade and more freshmen, sophomores and seniors are studying abroad than ever. In fact, freshmen and sophomore participation in Summer Abroad has increased over 100% over the last 5 years!

I don't know a foreign language so I have to study in an English-speaking country.

Not true. Most Summer Abroad programs are taught in English and are set in over twenty non-English-speaking countries. UC Davis Study Abroad also offers programs where you can take coursework in English in a non-English-speaking country for a summer, quarter, semester or year.

I won’t graduate on time if I go abroad.

While on UC Davis Quarter and Summer Abroad, you can earn UC course credit toward your major, minor and/or GE. Regarding Summer Abroad, taking courses in the summer can sometimes put you ahead in your studies, or help lighten your course load for the upcoming academic year. In the rare event you delay your graduation a little to go abroad, what you gain from the experience may outweigh what you feel you might have lost.

Study abroad is too expensive.

In some cases, study abroad can be expensive but studying abroad can also cost the same or even less than spending the same time at your home campus, especially if you study in a country that has a lower cost of living than at home. However, planning can help you find a program that is within your budget. Study abroad programs have become increasingly more affordable now that students can use financial aid. Financial aid in the form of grants and loans are also available, and students who have never qualified for financial aid may qualify. Additionally, UC Davis Quarter and Summer Abroad offers multiple Travel Awards each year and winners receive $500-$1,500. Visit the Finances section of our website for more information.

I can travel later once I have a job and am earning money.

Traveling abroad and studying abroad are very different. Once you have a job it may be difficult to get the time off from work. Studying abroad is a unique opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Only language majors study abroad.

Not true. Students from dozens of majors—from science and engineering, to history, to literature and art—have applied their study abroad course work toward their major/minor/GE. Nowadays, international programs offices offer hundreds of options to their students so there is something for almost everyone!