10 Common Questions
Here are some common misconceptions about studying abroad and why they aren't quite accurate.
1. Isn't it really expensive?
it doesn't have to be! Your financial aid from Framingham State will still apply and some tuition abroad is cheaper than Framingham State! There are also exchange programs you can apply for where you pay the same tuition as you do at FSU. There are also many scholarships available to apply for through FSU and outside programs. If you do your research, you’re sure to find the perfect program that you can afford!
2. Will I have to delay graduation if I go abroad?
There are programs for every major and plenty of courses offered at different schools. You will receive transfer credits for your courses taken while abroad. You will take the equivalent of at least 3 FSU credits to remain a full time student while abroad so there’s no reason studying abroad should hinder your graduation plans at all. Plan early! You’ll be a full time student with all the same responsibilities, just in a different country!
3. Will I be able to go abroad if I don't speak a foreign language?
Absolutely, yes! Studying abroad is certainly a great way to learn another language, but it's certainly not a requirement. Almost all of the programs we offer have courses taught in English and in many cases you are with other international students and in an area that knows English. Courses will be taught in English, but you may encounter those who do not speak English in country. It all depends on your comfort level and you can talk to OIE advisers about their experiences.
4. Does everyone study in Europe?
Europe may be popular, but it’s definitely not the only option. We have programs available either through FSU or affiliate organizations in every continent! Europe and Australia are popular program choices, but if you want to go somewhere unique, we have it!
5. I won't get credit in my major, will I?
You can get credit for major classes, minor classes, electives, and gen eds. Anything you need to take! You can generally find course options on the website of the school you are looking to study abroad at, so be sure to do your research and discuss what courses you want to take with your adviser. If you bring in the school’s course information to your adviser, he or she will be able to help you figure out what course it will be equivalent to at FSU.
6. Do I have to wait till I'm a junior to study abroad?
You can study abroad whenever you want. Sometimes it can even be easier as a freshman or sophomore since there are a lot of general education courses that you can take while abroad. Consider spring break trips, summer trips, and of course the semester and year long studies. Study abroad whenever you see fit!
7. Will studying abroad help me in my job search after graduation?
You learn skills while abroad that employers look for, such as the ability to adapt to difficult situations or changing environments working independently, resiliency and flexibility. Beyond these individual attributes, employers are increasingly looking globally and seeking out employees who can work cross-culturally and collaborate with people from around the world. Studying abroad shows that you already have experience doing just that.
8. Isn't it dangerous to study abroad?
Studying abroad isn’t any more or less dangerous than being in the U.S. You just have to be smart and act the same way you would in any other unfamiliar area in the United States. Our pre-departure orientations go over health and safety while abroad as well. Just use common sense and learn the emergency numbers for your country of study just in case.
9. What if I just plan to travel abroad later in life, after FSU?
This is easier said than done. Once you’re set on a career track and are settled in, it can be hard to find the time to travel. There’s also a large difference between studying abroad and traveling. When you study in another country you are truly immersed in the culture and gain a different perspective than simply traveling through and being a tourist. Studying abroad gives you the benefit of being a part of the culture while also being a student.
10. Will I have a hard time getting accepted to a program?
If you meet the minimum GPA qualifications and complete the application in time, you should not have a problem. If it’s something you’re worried about, you can always talk to someone in the Office of International Education.