The first step in planning a meaningful and successful study abroad experience is to take time to set goals. Questions to consider:
Download a Study Abroad Worksheet to help you determine your goals for your study abroad experience.
Before selecting and applying to a program, we encourage you to meet with a study abroad adviser. Advisers can help you identify goals for study abroad and guide you through thoughtful program selection. Advisers will also go over the application, credit transfer and financial aid processes with you.
There are four major program types in study abroad, though there is plenty of variation within these types:
|Study-Center||Direct Enrollment*||Hybrid||Field Based|
|Fellow Classmates:||Other study abroad and/or international students
||Host-country students||Both study abroad and host-country students
||Other study abroad and/or international students
|Location:||In a study center classroom which may or may not be near a university||Courses at a local university||Usually you would take classes both in an off-site study center and at a local university
||In classrooms or in the field|
|Academic Culture:||Similar to US education system; Regular assignments, more frequent exams, seminar-style teaching||Learning is often self-directed or independent; Wide variety of classes;
Course information may be less accessible prior to arriving; More weight placed on final assessment
||Offers the chance to experience both study-center and host-country academic culture||Experiential, interdisciplinary learning; Taught by a combination of professors, local experts and working professionals|
|Calendar:||Usually follows US academic calendar||Program follows host-country academic calendar. Semester may begin earlier or later than Yale's
||Varies||Usually follows US academic calendar|
|On-site Support:||Usually a high-level of support||May be limited; Students are expected to be fairly independent and to be pro-active about asking for assistance
||Usually a high-level of support is offered by staff from the US study center; not university
||Usually a high-level of support|
*Students who are interested in directly enrolling also have the option to apply through a study abroad provider. This option would allow you to attend regular classes with students from the host country, but also receive an additional level of support. For more information on this options, please see a study abroad adviser.