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How to Choose a Program

Did You Know?

Providence College recognizes over 300 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries around the world!

When it comes time to decide which abroad experience you want to participate in, the options can seem daunting. However, since your time abroad has the potential to be a life-changing experience, it deserves a great deal of thought.

Providence College strongly encourages students to participate in a study abroad program that complements and strengthens their program of study. For example, a management major might study “International Business” in Copenhagen through the DIS-Study Abroad in Scandinavia. Or, maybe “Business & Culture” in Barcelona through the Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE).  Furthermore, integrating your study abroad program into your Providence College degree helps to ensure that you graduate on time!

Factors to Consider

There are many factors to take into consideration- type of program, location, and coursework to name just a few. When reviewing the program options, the Center for Global Education has compiled a list of questions to help you.

  • Is there a geographical location that I am interested in?
  • What do I really want to get out of this experience? (i.e. language skills, international perspective on my field of study, cross-cultural experience, adventure, new perspective on potential career, resume builder)
  • What language skills do I have? What is the language of instruction? (Remember, you do not always have to know the host country language to study abroad there)
  • Do I prefer a large city or small town?
  • Do I prefer a large university or small university?
  • Do I want or need to take classes for my major, minor, core requirements, or electives?
  • When do I graduate? (If you plan to study abroad close to your planned graduation date, please
    consult with the Assistant Dean of Global Education)
  • Do I want to study with a group of Americans, or would I prefer a more independent experience?
  • Do I want to live with a host family or with other Americans/international students. Do I want to live in an apartment or in a university residence system?
  • Am I interested in studying for a summer, semester, or year?**
  • Do I want to travel on planned excursions or primarily on my own?
  • Do I plan to do additional travel before or after my program?
  • What is my budget?
  • What are my interests, hobbies, and passions?

** The College reserves the right to restrict the numbers of students approved to study abroad in any one semester. This may be done in order to balance the number of students intending to study abroad across the academic year,