Planning for Study Abroad
Medgar Evers College encourages all students to have a study abroad experience during their undergraduate studies. There are many study abroad options and it is important to take the necessary time to plan and prepare for a program abroad. The sooner you start planning your course, the better your experience will be prior, during and post your international experience. Here are steps to follow when plotting for your international experience.
Visit the Study Abroad Office
You can visit the Office Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 or 2:00-4:00. While you can drop in, we do encourage you to schedule an advising appointment. At this appointment, you will learn about study abroad opportunities and scholarship opportunities in greater detail.
What kind of international opportunity do you want to have? Itâ€™s up to you to decide what you would like to study and for how long. Options include short-term programs of 2-3 weeks (winter-intercession or summer programs), or Exchange Programs, which are semester long during the fall or spring semesters.
You will also need to consider what countries appeal to you and if you need a language prerequisite, or would you like to immerse yourself in the language there for college credit. You decide.
Are you ready to embrace a new place and step outside of your comfort zone? Meet other students? Try learning in a different culture? Remember, savvy travelers keep their budget in mind. You know yourself best and are in the driverâ€™s seat when it comes to knowing which type of study abroad program will suit you best.
After you have thought about the type of experience that you would like to have then go to the CUNY website to research your options. Yes, you have the option to travel with other CUNY colleges; however, we prefer that you study abroad with Medgar Evers.
After youâ€™ve chosen your program (pick your top two favorites), meet with your Academic Advisor to determine your eligibility and get approval for your program/course. Compare the program costs for each and chose which one works best for you and your budget. Use the Study Abroad Budget Worksheet by clicking here.
Once approval is given by your Advisor you can begin the application process. You will find the application on the Medgar Evers website in the Academic Affairs section. The application is fillable and can be downloaded and saved. Please bring the completed application to the Study Abroad Office in Room C-412 for processing.
Choose Your Language of Study
Decide whether you want toÂ learnÂ another language,Â improveÂ upon one you already know, orÂ study in English. Most study abroad programs allow you take your major classes in English. Some programs are language specific. It is always recommended that you take a class in the local language while studying abroad. This will help you experience the culture and the country in a more in deep way.
Research Your Study Abroad Options
Consider your motivation and goals for studying abroad. Research programs based on your academic requirements, major or minor requirements, interests, budget and timeframe for when you want to study abroad. There are many study abroad options that will suit your individual needs. Explore program optionsÂ here.
Schedule an Appointment with the Study Abroad Academic Manager
After the initial advising appointment review all hard printed materials as well as online resources.
Select 2 different programs you are interested in.
Once you have narrowed down your options, contact the Study Abroad Academic Advisor by calling 718.270.6966 or emailing:Â email@example.com
Meet with Your Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment to review your degree and graduation requirements and to discuss your plans to study abroad. With careful planning, studying abroad should fit into your programâ€™s curriculum and not delay progress towards your degree. Once approval is given by your Advisor you can begin the application process. You will find the application on the Medgar Evers website in the Academic Affairs section. The application is fillable and can be downloaded and saved. Please bring the completed application to the Study Abroad Office in Room C-412 for processing.
Do you have a current Passport?
Your passport is your official identification while abroad. It takes at least 4â€“8 weeks to receive it in the mail and you canâ€™t apply for a visa or travel internationally (permission to enter a country) without one. You can apply for a passport at any post office. VisitÂ http://travel.state.gov/Â for an application and information on the documents you will need to get your passport. Apply for a passport as soon as possible if you do not already have a passport.
Explore Your Financial Options
Financing a study abroad program is possible by using your local and federal financial aid, personal student loans, applying early for local and national scholarships and grants and discussing your financial options with the Financial Aid Office and the Study Abroad Academic Manager.
How to apply to a Study Abroad program and Scholarships
Each study abroad program will have its own application. Once you have selected a program to apply to complete the appropriate application for the program. Please work with the Director of Study Abroad when completing your application. Each scholarship will have its own application process. You will apply to scholarships separately from applying to the study abroad program.
Submit Your Study Abroad Application
The Study Abroad Academic Manager can assist you in submitting your application to the appropriate provider once your application is complete. Each scholarship program and study abroad program will have deadlines. When applying for a program or scholarship please keep in mind the deadlines. Late applications for study abroad are accepted on a case by case basis.