Bryan School Study Abroad Program

 

5 Myths about Studying Abroad


1. Study Abroad is too expensive.
2. Study Abroad will prolong the time until I graduate.
3. I have to be fluent in a foreign language when I study abroad.
4. I will not fit in abroad.
5. I can wait until the last minute to decide whether I want to study abroad.





1. Study abroad is too expensive.

FALSE

Study abroad programs at UNCG are very affordable because they are exchange programs. In essence, students pay their UNCG tuition and fees and exchange places with students from other countries.

In addition, UNCG financial aid and most scholarships still apply to all semester and year-long study abroad programs. All you have to do is enroll in at least 12 hours of coursework. Furthermore, all UNCG students are eligible for a travel grant up to $1,000 to assist with transportation expenses.

Early planning for study abroad helps you make cost-effective program decisions and allows you to prepare finances through saving, scholarships, and financial aid. Contact the IPC to discover ways to receive some of the $100,000 UNCG offers in study abroad scholarships.

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2 .Study abroad will prolong the time until I graduate.

FALSE

The Bryan School has bilateral partnerships with many of the universities at which our students study. This allows you to take business courses taught in English that are equivalent to those you would take at UNCG. Choose the courses that will keep you on track to graduation – your study abroad advisor will help!

As a bonus, Bryan students can meet foreign language requirements while studying in a non-English speaking country, simply by taking one semester in the language while abroad. This can save you time and create space for two free elective courses at UNCG.

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3. I have to be fluent in a foreign language when I study abroad.

FALSE

UNCG offers several programs with universities in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK – all English-speaking countries. Secondly, many exchange programs at UNCG offer courses taught in English, even those at universities in Mexico, France, or Germany.

If you are unsure you'll be able to get around town without a solid language background, you will quickly discover that most natives of other countries speak English. In addition, our Partner Schools offer intensive language courses to bring you up to speed on the essential vocabulary.

For those of you who are interested in language immersion, you may consider living with a host family. For others, on-campus dorms and off-campus apartments are available, often in close proximity to other international or UNCG students.

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4. I will not fit in abroad.

IT'S UP TO YOU!

Expect that the country will be different and you will have an easier time adjusting to the new culture. The biggest advice Bryan study abroad alumni will give you is to k eep an open mind when you arrive at your destination and r emember to be flexible.

Further, you will adjust more easily if you surround yourself with diverse people, such as students from different countries who are in the same situation you are in. You may also want to sp end time in the cafeteria or student union with native students. This will help you get immersed in the local culture and you will learn to appreciate it more quickly. Join a club, choir or sports team – students who become involved get much more out of their study abroad experience. You don't need to speak French to play soccer.

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5. I can wait until the last minute to decide whether I want to study abroad.

FALSE

Studying abroad at UNCG is a complex process, similar to selecting your major or minor. Start planning today – or at least 1 year before you go abroad. There are several workshops you need to attend, paperwork you need to complete and steps you need to take.

The application deadlines are 5 weeks after the semester starts, which is often not enough time for you to complete the process. (Application deadline for Spring semester: September 15th; Application deadline for Fall semester: February 15th).

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