A Guide to Studying Abroad

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 complete coursework in English in countries such as Italy, Greece, and China.
  • 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.

Personal Preferences

  • 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.
  • Passport

    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 or call 732-224-2799.

Photo credit: Meg Natter