International Center Choosing a Program
HOW TO CHOOSE A PROGRAM
- Discuss your academic plans in detail with your advisor.
- Consult the chair of the department of your intended major.
- Discuss options with Amy Weir.
- Explore the programs listed on the online Off-Campus Study Application.
The first step toward finding the right program for you is to meet with your academic advisor and create a Major/Minor Plan.
You must identify your academic reasons for studying off-campus. Then, you need to choose a program that meets your criteria. What are your academic and personal goals? Above all, what will you be able to do off-campus that you cannot do on campus? What must you accomplish during the semester off-campus? Do the programs that you are considering provide a reasonable chance for getting the courses you need during that semester?
If you have any type of disability, please check out the information provided by Mobility International. In the "search" type in "study abroad." The result will yield numerous references, including a list of questions to investigate when considering study abroad.
Please look at the big picture of your life and your career and the effects of this program on them:
- How will the program further your academic and career goals?
- Have you, for example, taken courses that relate to your proposed study, engaged in foreign language studies, engaged in reading/research, spoken with advisors, etc.?
- How will this program contribute to your academic development, particularly in your major, minor, or area of concentration, in ways that are not possible here at Wabash College?
- What do you expect this off-campus experience to contribute to your personal development?
A few other questions that you probably should consider are:
- Do you want to study a particular subject in depth?
- Would you be able to take “content” courses in that language, or just study the language?
- Are you interested in classroom study, or do you wish to gain practical experience by pursuing research or field study?
- Do you want to study with other students from the United States, or would you rather have students of the host country as your classmates, as foreign students at U.S. universities do?
- Would you like to live with a host family, in a dormitory, apartment?
- Do you want a program that requires a lot of independence and personal initiative, or do you prefer one that handles most of the arrangements for you and lends more on-site support?
As part of the 3rd step of the online Off-Campus Study application, a list of programs which have been good for Wabash College students in the past appears. These are Wabash's Preferred Providers and Programs. If you do not find what you feel that you need, please contact Amy Weir.