International experience is now a prerequisite for successful participation in the global marketplace. Whether you plan on a career in Texas or beyond, your ability to effectively engage and communicate with others is critical. Research consistently supports the career value of study abroad, which can develop the skills employers most desire (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, communication, independence, cultural awareness, and flexibility). Study abroad should be a purposeful, integral component of your education and career preparation.
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- Plan ahead
Research your options at least one year in advance and be prepared to apply the semester before you want to be abroad. Students unsure how to begin this process may make an appointment in Navigate to meet with Christie Dunn, International Programs Manager for the College of Liberal Arts.
- Talk with academic advisor
Proactively discuss study abroad with an academic advisor and pencil this experience in when plotting out your plan of study. Your department may even have identified or created specific programs for your major.
- Consider priorities and interests
To develop an idea of what you want your experience to look like, consider issues such as major, program type, country, environment, living arrangements, level of independence, duration, when you want to go, and language.
- Explore programs
To explore programs that meet your criteria, utilize the search engine at http://abroad.tamu.edu, and review the College’s programs below.
- Research available funding options
Study abroad can be affordable and within reach. Attend Affording Study Abroad, an info session hosted by the Education Abroad and Scholarships & Financial Aid. Also, update the university scholarship application by the applicable deadline to be considered for a variety of study abroad scholarships.
Global Experience Scholarships
- The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to award a number of need-based scholarships to undergraduates in good standing in the College of Liberal Arts in support of study abroad. Global Experience Scholarships award up to $3,000 for semester-long and 10-week programs, up to $1,500 for 5-week summer sessions, and $500 for short-term experiences such as international field trips, Wintermester programs, or internships.
- To be considered, be certain to update the university scholarship application by the applicable deadline.
A host of resources and information is available at the Education Abroad
For additional information, please contact Christie Dunn