1. “Studying abroad is too expensive.”

There are all kinds of programs, and many are much more affordable than you might think. Some of our programs cost the same or less than a semester at Ball State. Keep in mind that there are ways to fund study abroad- scholarships are available and you may even be able to use your existing financial aid.

2. “If I study abroad, I won’t be able to graduate on time.”

By planning ahead, you can study abroad while staying on track to graduate. Our programs have a wide variety of courses that allow you to satisfy core, major, and minor credit courses. We will help you find a program and term that works toward your on-time degree completion.

3. “I don’t speak another language, so I can only study in English-speaking countries.”

Most of our programs offer coursework in English, regardless of location. With some programs, there is even a built-in course to learn the basics of the local language. Some programs have a language requirement because you’ll be taking classes in that language. Studying abroad is an excellent step to improve your language proficiency.

4. “I can only study abroad as a junior.”

You can study abroad at any time. Some programs require at least a sophomore standing, but not all. Studying abroad early may be the way to go, depending on how jam-packed your four-year plan is. We can find a program that offers courses that apply to your core curriculum requirements or a program that focuses on introductory courses in your major. If it works for you, you can also study abroad during your senior year, but we recommend meeting with us to talk about it.

5. “I don’t want to be away from home for several months, so I can’t study abroad.”

We offer a variety of programs that have different lengths. You could study for as long as an academic year or as short as a Spring or Winter break. These condensed experiences still provide valuable insights into new cultures, perspectives, and personal growth. You can choose a program that aligns with your comfort level and academic goals, making studying abroad a feasible and enriching opportunity regardless of duration.

If this post got you thinking and you’d like to talk to a study abroad advisor, set up a 1-on-1 advising appointment here.