Would you love to study or intern abroad but are nervous due to some myths you might have heard? Don’t worry, I was in the same boat as you before I took the leap to study abroad! Was it worth it? Absolutely - I ended up studying abroad twice! Hopefully after reading this, you’ll feel better and more confident about your decision to go overseas.
Some common misconceptions are:
Applying to study or intern abroad is complicated.
I won’t graduate on time.
Studying abroad won’t work for my major.
Going abroad is too expensive.
I can’t go abroad because I don’t speak another language.
Let’s dive a little deeper into these myths, shall we?
Applying to Study or Intern Abroad is Complicated
You may be nervous about the application process and might believe you have to write an entire essay or fill out extensive paperwork to apply. FALSE! It takes 10 minutes or less to complete. All you need to know is what program you’d like to participate in and then answer short questions about yourself. Not too bad, huh?
I Won’t Graduate On Time
This may be a fear of yours where you think if you go abroad that it will put you behind schedule to graduate. The University System of Georgia recently conducted a study where they discovered that individuals who go abroad are 17.8% more likely to graduate on-time versus their peers who don’t. You are able to receive course credits for the classes you take abroad that aid in making sure you don't fall behind!
Studying Abroad Won’t Work For My Major
I’m sure you have had to take some general education courses or are required to! Some CIS Abroad participants wait to take their gen ed credits abroad. We offer a vast range of programs that match your major or minor requirements. We continue to evolve and add more immersive experiences with credits that further your degree. On our website, you can filter your search by your major too!
Going Abroad Is Too Expensive
It is easy to think that when you think of how much flights are and the fact you’re traveling overseas but truth be told, some programs are less expensive than your home institutions! Your federal and state financial aid can count toward your program cost as well. Some of you may have institutional aid that you can use too, just depends on your university so make sure to double check! CIS Abroad also offers scholarships and grants that make it more affordable to go abroad. You can check out more about that here.
I Can’t Go Abroad Because I Don’t Speak Another Language
To be honest, I thought this too! I studied in Paris, France knowing no French at all. CIS Abroad offers plenty of programs that are English speaking. For example, Scotland, England, Australia and Ireland. Even countries that do speak a native language, have courses taught in English! Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back.
Feeling Better About Studying or Interning Abroad?
Have a few more questions before applying? Let me know! As a fellow 2x CIS Abroad alumni & now advisor, I LOVE talking about my experiences and empowering students to start their own journeys abroad. You can email me at email@example.com or Call/Text 877-617-9090!
Hear what students, interns, and alumni have to say
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Get to know your Irish classmates; you can learn about the country and culture from them. I have met people from around the world and from around America. Many of them I still stay in contact with them because we had become close friends and learned a lot from one another. These friendships would not be possible without CIS Abroad.
One aspect I enjoyed the most was the freedom that I had to be a student and visitor. My site director was the best at guiding me and always being there in any circumstance, yet I still felt like an adult.
This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.
Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don't pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.
Edinboro University of PA
I will forever have a respect for all cultures and people. My favorite aspect of the program was the weekend trips and weekly activities planned for the students.
University of Arkansas
The excursions included in the CIS Abroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met so many friends while studying on the Gold Coast, which has allowed me to stay in contact with people on almost every continent. Being a marketing student, this diverse network will also benefit me on a professional level.
CIS Abroad created a comfortable and eventful atmosphere. This program opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to grow comfortable in my own skin when placed in new surroundings.
Colby Sawyer College
This experience opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and showed me how small my problems really are. It showed me that I can be whoever I want and do whatever I want and that money isn't everything. Lastly, it introduced me to my CISabroad family.
Keene State University
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.
University of South Carolina
This program made me realize how much I want travel, culture and adventure to be a part of my life forever.
One of the best aspects of the program was my site director, who is one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. The difference between my experience and my fellow students' experiences in other programs was very noticeable.
Loyola University Chicago
Studying abroad enhanced my Spanish-speaking skills, gave me deep friendships, and positively challenged the ways I viewed my own family, culture, and country. I’ve become a better student, sister, daughter, and friend. I can never see the world through the same lenses again. To that I am forever grateful.
Point Loma Nazarene University
This program gave me so many opportunities to learn about the Irish culture and took us on trips with locals to get the full experience. I was extremely prepared through CISabroad and was never nervous about any plans. I mostly miss the amazing people and culture of Ireland.
Boise State University
The best aspect of the program was the amazing people I met, the different culture, living in the city, and experiencing new and exciting things everyday.