There’s No Way I Can Study Abroad:
Myths and Misconceptions about Study Abroad
Thank you to UNC Charlotte’s Office of Education Abroad for sharing this publication.
Myth #1: I can’t speak a foreign language!
Truth: While the ability to speak a foreign language is a fabulous skill, it is not required to study abroad. There are many programs available in English-speaking countries, such as Australia of the United Kingdom. Alternatively, in many countries where English is not the official language, it is possible to find programs with courses taught in English.
Myth #2: My credits won’t transfer!
Truth: Each student that plans to study abroad on an approved program will need to fill out a Transient Study form. After you decide which courses to take while abroad, you will meet with your academic advisor(s) so they can sign this very important document. This is your guarantee that the courses taken while abroad will transfer back to Wingate University.
Myth #3: It won’t fit into my major or minor!
Truth: With the variety of programs available to students at Wingate University, you can find courses relevant to almost any major or minor. You can also take courses to fulfill General Education requirements.
Myth #4: I won’t graduate on time!
Truth: With careful planning, you can go abroad as early as the summer after your freshman year. It depends on the program, but in some cases you can finish your final credits while abroad. There are also many summer programs available, as well as other short-term programs throughout the year.
Myth #5: There’s no good reason for me to study abroad!
Truth: There’s no good reason NOT to study abroad! There are many benefits that come from the experience of study abroad. You will learn more about yourself by doing this than you can even imagine. It looks great on a resume or on a graduate school application. The ability to understand and appreciate differences in other people and cultures is a skill that is becoming more and more important in our globally expanding workplace. Many students also find that they return from study abroad more focused on their goals and with a better understanding of what’s really important to them. And last but certainly not least: it will be the most unforgettable experience of your life! You’ll meet new people, see beautiful places and have a lifetime of memories.
Myth #6: I can’t afford it!
Truth: The cost of studying abroad varies from one program to another. However, whatever your pick is, you can use your financial aid. There is also institutional financial aid available and the WINGS Grant. Some affiliated programs also offer their own scholarships! You could also be eligible for national scholarships or even destination/country specific scholarships. Do your research and develop a budget!
Come find out more!
Jennifer Armentrout, Director
Office of International Studies
Alumni Building 108
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