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Study Abroad Misconceptions

“I Can't Study Abroad Because...”

Below are some common misconceptions that prevent students from studying abroad.

“It’s too expensive.”

A semester or a year abroad costs about the same as a semester at UR. If you receive financial aid, it will transfer to a Rochester-sponsored study abroad program. Counselors in the Financial Aid Office and your study abroad counselor will help you plan. There are many special merit and need-based scholarships for which you may be eligible, such as Gilman, IIPP, and those awarded by UR-affiliated programs.

“The courses or credits don’t transfer.”

Study abroad advisers will only recommend programs where the courses do transfer. Most students are able to earn credit for majors or minors by consulting the department’s undergraduate adviser.

“My parents will never go for it; no one in my family has ever studied abroad before.”

That was true for many faculty and staff who went abroad, too. Come to an information meeting, get the facts, and share them. Advisers are always available to talk to parents about their concerns.

“I’m a science (or engineering) major so there’s no way I can study abroad.”

Pick up a copy of our “Study Abroad Opportunities for Science and Engineering Students” flyer for a list of programs. Talk to your faculty adviser and Dean Lisa Norwood. There are many locations for you to choose from. Planning during the first or second year is the key.

“I’m a double major and my advisers say I don’t have time to go abroad.”

Have you brought course descriptions and other information to your advisers? We will help you work with them.

“I don’t speak another language.”

Study abroad can change that. Or there are many programs where courses are taught in English.

“I have learning disabilities.”

Your Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning counselor and study abroad adviser will work with you to identify courses of study to suit your interests, talents and academic needs.

“I’m planning Take 5/med school/grad school/law school. I can’t fit it all in.”

Students who have clearly defined interests such as graduate or professional schools can plan with counselors in the Center for Study Abroad, the Center for Academic Support, and the Career Center. Feeling short on time? Take Five can allow you to integrate study abroad into your plans. We are here to brainstorm with you.

“I’m concerned about what employers or graduate schools will think if I study abroad.”

The Career Center urges students who study abroad to highlight it on resumes. Employers and graduate schools—yes, even medical schools—look for independent people who are flexible and can adjust to new situations. Study abroad alumni can tell you that interviewers always want to know more about their international experience.