Studying Abroad? Where Are the Best Programs?
BY ASHLEY KORNEE
Summer vacation is just finished. Wouldn’t it be great if someone asked you what you had done this summer, that you could reply, “I was studying abroad!”? Thousands of students across the world want to go somewhere besides their own country to experience new cultures and build their portfolios.
But, where do you go to find the study abroad programs? Where are the best places and schools? And, most importantly, where is the money coming from when a student wants to study abroad? Who offers the study abroad scholarships needed to fund these trips? Are the requirements difficult to get in?
We gathered a few hot programs that seemed to be the type you are looking for, and if what we have collected is not enough, keep looking. There is nothing like the experience of visiting another country and delving into their culture.
King’s College-London, England
Harry Potter fan? Then you should make King’s College in London, England your destination for studying abroad. The program is designed to give student plenty of independent study options. You will only be required to attend classed 6-9 hours a week and the rest of your time will be for you to decide how you want to study.
This program allows students to choose between one semester or a full year of study. If you are and Exchange student there are regulations and requirements that must be ironed out before acceptance. The following are a few of them:
- A minimum of 1 year of study at an accredited University completed
- Your GPA at a cumulative level of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Your present academic background must be parallel to what you choose to study while at King’s College
In addition to the above requirements, students applying for study at the College must have the following documents, and they must be written in English:
- A personal statement (find the questions on the above website)
- An academic reference. Make sure you give your professors time to prepare this and give them the guidelines set out on the website for preparing your reference statement.
- Your most recent official academic transcript. (there are guidelines set up for unofficial transcripts on the website)
Funding for those wanting to attend King’s College in London have several funding opportunities that they can apply for such as the Excellence Scholarships.
VERITAS University—San Jose’, Costa Rica
Surrounded by three volcanoes, with exotic surroundings to explore, the audiovisual and graphic design student has a great opportunity here at VERITAS. The architecture will inspire your creativity while you take in the coffee plantations, farms, and hillsides in this beautiful country. When visiting their center for international programs you will find offers for their study abroad programs such as:
- English taught programs
- Spanish taught programs
- Spanish learning programs
- Internships (some paid, some unpaid)
For those seeking study abroad programs that are fun, with opportunities to learn a new language, this program is one to consider. But until you learn the language, you need to translate your documents with thewordpoint.com. This may cost small fees but it is worth it to get accepted in your programs of choice.
VERITAS offers summer programs as well as yearlong and single semester programs. They will customize the program to fit your educational needs and offer electives in Art, Business Courses. You will be associated with local students who will be guides throughout your stay at VERITAS.
Extra-curricular classes are also an incentive for choosing VERITAS. Students report not wanting to leave the school when their time was up due to the fun and exciting classes offered in yoga, sports, dance classes and more. Students are said to say that it is a literal paradise to study abroad at VERITAS.
University of Cape Town—South Africa
The study abroad program at UCT is excited to accept those who major in commerce, engineering, and the humanities. Law and Science schools are also available to those who qualify.
The university offers many diverse scholarships for those studying for their master’s, and PhD. Be advised that all international students must have a study visa to be considered to live for any length in the Republic of South Africa. You will not be able to register unless you gain temporary residency.
Those who have studied at UCT have often been treated to visits to the top South Africa destinations gaining the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of the country. The lessons learned based on past and present cultural context is beyond what you can read in books or view in documentaries.
For personal and professional growth, this is the study abroad program that was chosen by over 1 million students within the past few years. Following the requirements is very important for visiting UCT. Be diligent and you could be on your way to an academic adventure of a lifetime.
The following list of schools are also available for summer scholarships, 1-term scholarships, or transfer student consideration:
- University of Queensland—Australia
- Johannes Kepler University Linz—Austria
- University of British Columbia—Canada
- University of Amsterdam—The Netherlands
- University of North Carolina—United States
Each university and scholarships have their own set of requirements. As a tip for writing essays, if you pre-write essays before diving into the websites, many of the questions are based on your qualifications and why you want to attend their university.
Pre-writing most of your essays with general content and then supplementing that content later to reflect each universities criterion for your essays will save you time. Bon
Regardless of which university and in which country you are studying, receiving an internship or a year of study in another country will only benefit you. You will learn about other methods of training, get acquainted with new people from the circle of your future profession, and gain experience. So, take from life any opportunity and go to your goal!
About the author:
Ashley Kornee is a blogger and freelance writer. She always tries to write about ordinary things in a creative way. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.