Step 1: Think About Why You Want to Study Abroad
What goals do you have for your experience? Everyone chooses to study abroad for different reasons: language proficiency, school requirements, a passion for exploring new places, resume building, etc. Consider what you want to get out of living and learning in another culture.
Step 2: Meet with Your Study Abroad Advisor
Your school’s study abroad office or advisor can serve as a valuable resource during your decision-making process and can help you choose a BCA program that works for you academically and personally. Additionally, your study abroad advisor will know if credits acquired during your selected program will transfer back to your school.
Step 3: Discuss Your Options With Others
Talk with your friends and family. Your parents/guardians can help you decide if studying abroad is a responsible decision that will work for you. Friends, BCA alumni and BCA Peer advisors can give you insight about their study abroad experience.
Step 4: Where Do You Want To Go?
Each location offers a different and unique cultural experience. Where do you want to go based on your goals? Compare program options like: geographical location, climate, program housing, program offerings, what language classes are taught in, major/course pre-requisites and cost of living.
Step 5: Secure Financial Aid
You should also determine your study abroad expenses. First, meet with a financial aid officer to learn more about your school’s policies and if your aid will travel with you. In some instances, schools will put a certain amount of money toward the cost of the program and the remaining amount is your responsibility. Others will allow you to pay the same tuition and room and board as a typical semester, so that your financial aid transfers and your school will pay BCA directly.
We encourage you to apply for a BCA scholarship and check out all the other study abroad funding opportunities. Each year, BCA awards a number of semester students with a $1,000 scholarship and summer students with a $500 award. These scholarships will not cover all your expenses, however, so you will need to determine what your program will cost you and plan accordingly.
Overall, it’s better to learn early on if your desired program is not academically or financially supported by your institution. Then you can have adequate time to consider other options and not miss out on this great opportunity!
Step 6: Apply to Study Abroad
If your advisor gives the green-light to participate in one of BCA’s programs, then the next step is to apply online. You’ll be asked to share why you want to study abroad, as well as submit an official transcript, intended courses and recommendations. If you have any questions about our programs or your study abroad application process, please contact BCA’s Program Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.