A Quick Look at Study Abroad
Studying Abroad is an amazing and life-changing experience! However, like all great adventures, study abroad requires a little extra planning and a lot of open mindedness. Because the International Education Center (IEC) offers students such a vast scope of program options throughout the world, the following is a brief outline of considerations to help you prepare for your international studies.
- Some programs are more flexible than others.
- The IEC will always help you find the best option for your academic needs.
- The majority of the study abroad programs offered by the IEC are conducted in English.
- Our students can complete coursework in English in countries such as Greece, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and France.
- For those who are interested in studying a language, most intensive language programs require little or no prior language training.
- Semester and long term summer programs allow students a more in-depth cultural experience and are especially recommended for those participating in language programs.
- However, for those who cannot dedicate an entire semester or summer to studying abroad, Brookdale offers Jan-term as well as faculty-led short-term programs.
- If you are interested in traveling during your studies, you may like to look at programs in a central location, or those that offer student field trips.
- If the nearest major airport or bus station is a few hours away, you might find yourself limited in where you can go and what you can see.
- Some destinations may have an extensive network for traveling within the region, while other destinations may have better access to travel and transport to surrounding countries.
- The cost of travel in most foreign countries is far cheaper than in the US.
- Be sure to consider all the costs of the program. Some of the programs include housing and meals; others do not.
- The cost of living also varies from country to country. Basic personal expenses in Switzerland or Australia will be higher than those in Ecuador or Costa Rica.
- The exchange rate can also impact program costs if the value of the dollar is low—even if the cost of living appears comparable. Click here to view current exchange rates.
- Federal financial aid can be applied to study abroad programs
- There are many scholarship opportunities available.
- Click here to find out more about funding study abroad.
- If you hate rain and love snow, Costa Rica in December is not your best option!
- Climate and geography should not be the sole determinant in selecting a program, but if you have physical limitations or personal preferences it is something to consider.
- Many programs offer a wide range of support services including disability services.
- If you are looking to avoid crowds, hotspot destinations generally have a higher population of travelers.
- If you are looking to taste a destination before devoting an entire semester to studying abroad, Brookdale short-term faculty-led programs are a great option.
- Other issues to consider are orientation programs, onsite international student assistance, religious trends, views towards women, health concerns, and safety issues.
- Traveling outside of the USA requires a passport. Applying to certain programs requires submitting a copy of the passport, so the sooner you have yours, the better.
Click here to learn more about obtaining a passport.
How to Apply
Students interested in studying abroad should make an appointment with the IEC staff to explore available Jan-term, semester and summer programs.
The IEC is located in MAC 114 on the Lincroft campus. You can schedule an appointment by stopping by or calling 732-224-2799. For questions, feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-224-2799.