Consider these items to help narrow down the options. Make a list of priorities before looking at all the options.
Academic and Professional
- See our programs recommended by major or use the “field of study” parameter when searching for programs.
- What kind of classes are ideal to take abroad: major, minor, or general education courses?
- Students should review their degree audit to determine the type of courses ideal to take abroad and how planned courses abroad will fulfill degree requirements.
- Discuss plans for study abroad with an academic advisor.
- Meet with the departmental coordinator to determine how study abroad courses will transfer and to complete the course approval form (required for semester study abroad and non-NC State programs).
- Student populations on programs vary and may consist of all NC State students and other Americans, primarily international students, or mainly local students from the host country.
- Most foreign language programs require level 202 in the respective language.
- The majority of programs offer courses in English – even in non-traditional locations like South Africa, Hong Kong, Sweden, Turkey, the Czech Republic.
- Some regions may be particularly appealing to a future employer, depending on the field.
- Is there a region or country of interest?
- Consider location: small town, university community, or big city?
- Warm or colder climate preferences?
- Note if the host country is under a U.S. Department of State travel warning: http://travel.state.gov/.
- Travel Warnings: Students wishing to study abroad in a location with a current Travel Warning must petition the Study Abroad Office for special approval. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their intended plans and initiate the petition process.
- Housing: dormitory, apartment, with a host family, with other Americans roommates or with host country student roommates?
Remember to consider program cost and resources for Funding Study Abroad when making a program selection.