Why are there so many students who would like to study abroad but so few that actually go? The answer could be as simple as not knowing where to start. Today, the other side of the planet is just a click away. But nothing can replace the sights, sounds, scents, and energy of a live, personal experience. Now’s the time to go out into the world, and seize the opportunity to learn everything possible. With LAE Study Abroad, you can.
Choose from our nearly 200 study abroad programs in more than 60 cities and 40 countries that span more academic disciplines than any other international education organization. No matter where or what you choose to study, you’ll take part in a uniquely immersive experience that will help you discover a new culture, gain confidence by living among its people, forge lasting friendships, and learn to see the world with fresh eyes. Here’s how:
Programs can be searched by specific location, area of study, length of stay, and region. You just contact our consultant to assist your request.
Resources. LAE Consultant, Study Abroad Office, Financial Aid Office, Registrars, your parents, and program alumni. Program alumni will give you the scoop. Research. Read reviews of programs and countries. Read interviews with program alumni and staff. Request alumni contacts from the program so you can speak directly to a past participant.
Locations. If you have several places you are interested in, browse some articles about them. Review comprehensive country guides along with articles that cover topics like: Top 10 Places To See, Etiquette, Culture, Interesting Programs, and many more.
Educational Benefits. This is a great chance to fill in any holes in your program. Maybe you’re studying oceanography in a landlocked state or art in a less than artistic place. SCUBA dive in Borneo while taking marine biology or visit the Louvre after art history class in Paris.
An international education does not have to be expensive. Something can be found for every budget. Some schools offer discounts and scholarships for things like early enrollment or volunteering during your stay.
This will likely be an important issue with your parents if they are involved in your finances so be sure to share these tools with them.
Financial aid may apply! If you are currently receiving a grant or scholarship, especially if supplied by the government, chances are it can be used for studying abroad. Contact your financial aid office. Choosing an approved study abroad program through an accredited school is the simplest and surest way to know aid will apply.
Scholarships and Loans. Check out these tools for advice on finding funding and applying.
Application Advice. How to Apply for International and Study Abroad Loans
Study Abroad Loans. Get the scoop on comparing and applying
Federal Student Aid is a priceless tool. This site actually has a list of the hundreds of schools currently participating in federal student aid programs. It is updated quarterly and organized alphabetically and by country so it is reliable and easy to search.
LAE will provide extensive help in your application process. Typical programs include assistance with your application, the Visa process if needed, signing up for courses, finding housing, airport pick-up, international health insurance, and even events and excursions.
General Travel Recommendations
Learn some useful phrases before departure if studying in a country that speaks another language
Have contact information for your host family, on-site coordinator, and Country-specific Embassy information on you while traveling to your program location.
Don’t expect it to be like home. Things will be different and no matter how much you prepare there will be an adjustment period.
Arrange Before you go. Each location and experience will call for different things but here a few things that everyone needs to arrange.
Vaccines & Health. Look up your location to see which vaccinations and medications (if any) you need to have before you leave. Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Travelers’ Health section.
Luggage Restrictions. These seem to be getting more and more strict so check with your airline and weigh your bags. If your travel includes multiple airlines, the itinerary will say which airline’s baggage rules apply. Put an extra set of clothes in your carry-on.
Pack for two weeks. The items you would need for two weeks can get you through a semester. It’s a good standard of time to use.
Go Light. Take only what you need then take half of it out and leave it behind.
In the Terms and Conditions you signed, you agreed to budget enough currency with you to support yourself until you receive your first additional money to cover your 1st month’s rent, deposit and housing application fees.
Below are approximate estimates for certain costs in the U.S. for your budget considerations
It is your responsibility to research the average cost of the items below and other costs for the area in which you will be living. Prices for certain items (e.g., rent, telephone, etc.) vary by region in the United States.
• Transportation to training/job site (average cost: $50-$60)
• 1st month’s rent & housing deposit (average cost per month: $700-$1000, deposit equal to 1 month of rent)
• Utilities (average cost per month: $50)
• Mobile telephone service (average cost per month: $50 for most basic mobile plan)
• Cable TV (average cost per month: $50)
• Meals (average cost per meal: $4-$10)
• Toiletries (average cost per month: $50)
• Laundry (average cost per month: $20)
o Bus (average cost per ride: $1)
o Taxi (average cost per ride: $2.50 + $.30 per ¼ mile + 10% gratuity)
o Movies (average cost: $12)
o Concerts (average cost: $30-$50)
To learn about the average cost of Restaurants, grocery stores/markets, transportation, utilities and sports and leisure offerings by a city and state, please visit: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=United+States
• Ensure your safety, and bring at least $1,000.00 in cash, traveler checks or credit card.
• Explore the cost of living expenses in your new city.
• Learn about the average cost of Restaurants, grocery stores/markets, transportation, utilities and sports and leisure offerings by a city, state search in the United States
Sorry, you typically have to come back. Although many students choose to prolong their stay by adding another semester or finding internships. Either way, the return can be bittersweet. You will bring many things back home but also leave much behind.