Explorations/Study Abroad: Expanding Studies Beyond the Classroom
Whether your student favors independent travel, a faculty-led seminar or college exchange initiative, Explorations/Study Abroad is exciting and affordable.
Participants gain proficiencies and perspectives that can enhance their college experience personally, professionally, academically, socially and culturally.
Picking a Program
To help your student clarify expectations and narrow options, he or she may want to consider:
- What benefits would I like to gain from this experience?
- Would I prefer staying in the U.S. or traveling abroad?
- Would I enjoy group travel or prefer being on my own?
- What are my cost parameters and how will this affect my options?
- Should I participate in my junior or senior year?
- How long do I want this experience to last–weeks, months, a semester, a year?
- When would be the best time to participate–fall, winter, spring or summer?
- How might being away from BW affect my course load in subsequent semesters?
- Would I like to intern, volunteer and/or take college courses as part of this experience?
Choosing Where to Study
When contemplating where to study off campus, there are many factors your student should consider:
- Course offerings
- Availability of services for students with special needs
- Opportunities for travel beyond the original destination
- Suitability for learning/perfecting a foreign language
- Opportunity for cross-cultural experiences
- Ability to obtain professional skills
While overseas travel is a popular choice, there are domestic programs well suited to several academic majors.
Most programs are English-language based. However, some locations are ideal for individuals studying a foreign language. BW offers programs in almost all academic majors and has opportunities throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.
In deciding where to Study Abroad, students may want to consider:
- Do I want to study in a country whose language is unfamiliar to me?
- Do I want to take classes in English or in the native language?
- Will the money exchange be favorable or cost prohibitive for me?
- What type of housing will I be living in?
Studying off campus can be more affordable than students and parents may realize. Students who choose to study via a BW-recommended program may be eligible for federal and institutional aid. For many recommended programs, the cost can be equivalent to BW tuition, room and board per semester.
The first step for a student is to meet with an Explorations/Study Abroad staff member. After the estimated cost of the program has been determined, a student should meet with a Financial Aid Office advisor, who will work with Explorations/Study Abroad staff to ensure financial aid will be applied accordingly. In some cases, additional BW aid may be available.
Other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses and churches often award grants, loans and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic/religious background, parents' field of employment, place of residence, etc.), academic major, career path and/or study abroad destination.