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How Do I Navigate Study Abroad?

 Written by    December 14, 2018

The piece of advice I’ve heard the most from people post-grad is, “study abroad.” Ohio State offers a huge variety and number of programs, and college is one of the most affordable times to do it because there are so many resources for students.

I’m hoping to study abroad in Italy in May, so this semester I’ve been going through the process of figuring out how to do all this. Here’s a bit of what I’ve learned.

  • Start with the OIA website.
    OIA stands for the Office of International Affairs, and their website is the best place to begin your search. You can browse by when you want to go, where you want to go, through which department you want to go, which GE credit you can receive, etc.

    This is how I started: I knew I wanted to go to Italy or a country nearby, so I started searching study abroad programs and found one that looked interesting to me.

  • Go to the OIA.
    Then I went to the OIA, which is located in the Enarson Classrooms Building by the numbers garden. If you walk straight in the door and keep walking straight, you’ll run into it.

    Someone at the front desk will ask you who you want to see, but if you don’t know that’s okay. You can tell them you’re just getting started and you want to talk to someone about whatever country or countries you’re interested in.

    There’s also Getting Started info sessions, but I personally didn’t go to one of those. Look for more information on their website!

  • Go to a program-specific information session.
    During my initial visit to the OIA, I talked with Louise about studying in Italy, and I came back the next day because they were holding an information session of the program I was interested in.

    This is what really sold me on the program. Ten minutes into the presentation I was saying, “Sign me up,” and pulling out my checkbook. Well I don’t have a checkbook, and they don’t charge you on the spot, but you get the point.

    An advisor — likely the faculty member who is leading the trip — will give an informal presentation about the trip and a timeline for the application dates and details. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions.

  • Apply!
    Once you’ve narrowed it down and selected a program, apply for it through OIA’s website. Make sure you read everything thoroughly and call the OIA or email an advisor if you have any questions.

 

Check out the OIA website for all things study abroad! (PHOTO)

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