Choosing a Program
Consider these questions before going abroad to help you pick a program that's a great fit for you.
When do you want to go?
We encourage students to study abroad after their first year at University.
Example: Spring break of sophomore year, fall semester of junior year, etc.
How long would you like to go for?
We offer programs that run for as short as a week to as long as a year abroad.
Example: A full semester, 1 month in the summer, 2 weeks in May, etc.
What type of classes do you want to take?
Each program and school abroad has its own unique classes, and some offer the opportunity to take courses taught in a foreign language.
Example: Major specific, minor specific, general education, internships, etc.
Where whould you like to go?
There is literally a whole world out there of options, so start exploring.
Example: Norway, Japan, Argentina, South Africa, etc.
What will your identity abroad be like?
Before you decide to travel, you should think about the many things that make up your identity, and explore how you may fit in at your desired location and culture.
Example: Religious affiliation, seeking academic or other accommodations, ethnicity, gender identity, special diets, etc.
What do you want to get out of the experience?
Every student has their own motivations and goals for study abroad. What are yours?
Example: Gain career skills, meet new people, see your field of study in a new light, learn a language through immersion, experience a different culture, travel to new places, get involved in a club or community service, rediscover family roots, deepen your understanding of the human condition, etc.
How much support do you want?
Programs range from a high level of support to more independent in nature.
Example: Faculty-Led Program with UNO Instructor and UNO students, Affiliate Provider Program with on-site resident directors, Exchange with international advising provided by a host university, etc.
Do you currently have any financial aid?
Financial Aid includes UNO scholarships, other scholarships, grants, and loans. Selecting a program that can be funded through your current financial aid pacakage is an important part of choosing a study abroad program.
Example: UNO tuition scholarships apply towards Faculty-Led and Exchange, grants and loans apply towards all credit bearing programs, other scholarships are determined by the donors, etc.