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Study Abroad Info Series: Study Abroad Myths and How to Pick a Program

Tons of options and don’t know how to choose? This session is made for you! We will discuss common misconceptions of study abroad as well as the basic qualities of programs. We will also navigate you through the program selection process.

Korbin Dimmick

on 28 June 2016

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Transcript of Study Abroad Info Series: Study Abroad Myths and How to Pick a Program

Auburn Abroad
Study Abroad Info Series:

Myth #4: Only Liberal Arts majors can study abroad
Perhaps the most frequent misconception is that you must take classes in the liberal arts or humanities subjects. For non-majors, this may also lead them to the conclusion that they'll delay graduation if they take "extra" courses.
Myth busted: Programs may offer courses in many different subjects
Lorem IpsumAdlaudabilis catelli frugaliter iocari matrimonii, quod quinquennalis cathedras neglegenter corrumperet saburre."
Julius Caesar
March 15th, 44BC
Myth #6: I have to know or learn a language other than English
Myth #3: Study abroad won't help me in the long run, it's just a "trip"
Depending on the pictures and stories people may have seen or heard about study abroad, the perception is that students go abroad just to have fun.
Lorem IpsumAdlaudabilis catelli frugaliter iocari matrimonii, quod quinquennalis cathedras neglegenter corrumperet saburre."
Julius Caesar
March 15th, 44BC
Myth busted: Study abroad is highly valued by future schools and employers
Studying abroad builds skills that are essential for future success: adaptability, flexibility, intercultural awareness, communication skills, and more.

Study abroad may give you experiences you otherwise wouldn't have in the U.S.
It's overwhelming to think about traveling abroad alone, especially if you have never been outside of the U.S. or even the South!
Myth #1: Studying abroad is not safe
Given the daily news of events happening around the world, many people feel that they should not travel internationally.
Myth busted:
Safety is the top priority
Students are not permitted to complete programs in countries with a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Attendance at an AU Pre-Departure Session is required. These sessions cover emergency preparation and safety tips.

All students are enrolled in the AU International Insurance for the duration of their program.
Myth #7: I will feel lonely or isolated
It's very common that students only hear about certain programs and are immediately under the impression that they are limited to those specific options.
Myth #8: I can only go on ____ program
Study Abroad Myths and
How to Pick a Program

Programs generally have an on-site contact person in case of emergencies.

As long as common sense is used, students are just as safe abroad as in the United States.
Prioritize what is most important to you and understand the difference between your program "must haves" and "extras"

Keep in mind that you may need to compromise on elements of your perfect program

Myth busted: There are a variety of program options
Auburn University Faculty-Led Programs
Auburn University Faculty-supervised Internships
Auburn University Exchange Programs
Other University/Provider Program/Direct Enroll
AU Faculty-Led Programs
Designed specifically for Auburn students
Take regular AU courses abroad with a professor and other AU students
May be in one location or traveling
AU Credit
AU Faculty-supervised Internships
Approved internships can result in AU Credit
Vary in length, time, geographic region, and subject area.
Opportunity to gain first-hand experience in your field prior to graduation
Higher level of independence and flexibility with international working conditions
AU Exchange Programs
Enroll in regular courses at Auburn's partner institutions
12 credit hours of your regular tuition
High level of independence and integration into host country
AU Credit for all courses taken
Affiliate Programs, Other Universities, or Direct Enroll
Expanded options throughout the world
Variety of terms, length, and subject areas
Transfer Credit for all courses taken
There are multitudes of program options out there that fit a range of needs:
courses, budget, time-frame, etc.
Myth #2: Study abroad is too expensive
A term abroad generally costs about the same as a term at Auburn.

Select your pogram carefully. Look at what is included and consider the cost of travel to the program location.

In some cases, studying abroad is less expensive!

Financial resources are available.
Only 10% of U.S. university students study abroad

Only 2% complete internships abroad

15% Auburn University undergraduates study abroad
Myth #5: I won't graduate on time if I study abroad
2014-2015 Auburn Study Abroad Participants
1010 on study abroad programs
95 on non-credit programs
Since 2010:
78% increase for Engineering
51% increase for COSAM

Planning the courses you will take well in advance can allow you to factor in a study abroad term.

It may be easier to study abroad earlier!

Many students study for the entire semester or more than once without delaying their graduation.
Liberal Arts
Human Sciences
Myth busted: You can find a study abroad program to fit your budget!
Homesickness is a normal part of culture shock, but if you prepare yourself to recognize the symptoms, you can easily find ways to combat it.
Many programs operate on cohort model, meaning a group of students enroll in classes, live together, and spend free time together.
Myth busted: Go with other Auburn students!
Myth busted: Courses are available in English, even in non-English speaking countries!
Learning a language is not a requirement of study abroad

Students can mix courses taught in English and courses taught in another language

Students can take basic conversation classes to navigate travel in host country
Now search!
Tips from the Auburn Abroad staff for selecting a program:
Do background research on the program location(s) you are interested in (Trip Advisor, Tumbler, blogs, Pinterest, etc.)

Ask friends about their programs and experiences

Contact the program director or advisor

Meet with your academic advisor to discuss how study abroad fits in your degree plan
Study Abroad Info Series
Fall 2015
Orientation Sessions

Thursdays at 3:00 pm
Fridays at 11:00 am
242 Foy Hall
Spring 2016
Study Abroad and
Passport Fair

February 16, 2016
Haley Center Lobby
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Auburn Abroad website
brochure library
search with an Auburn Abroad Intern!
*Adapted from "Study Abroad Myths" by Abbie Naglosky
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