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    Why Study Abroad?

    1. Study Abroad is an enriching, life changing experience. The range of knowledge that you will gain of other cultures and languages while studying abroad is something that cannot be matched in a typical classroom.
    2. Spending time abroad opens a window to a world of new experiences. Students who study abroad deepen their understanding of international, political, social, and economic issues.
    3. You gain perspective on the world. Students who study abroad return with a better perspective on world affairs and a broader understanding and appreciation of their own country and its way of life.
    4. Study abroad increases your marketability in the work force. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have studied abroad, because they posses skills that are valuable in the work place. These include cross-cultural communication, flexibility, adaptability, resilience, and multi-language proficiency.
    5. If not now, when? There will most likely never be another time in your life that you are able to move to another country for an extended period of time and fully experience the culture and educational systems of that area of the world. This is a once in a lifetime experience!

    If you are interested....Work with your advisor to determine which semester will best fit into your academic schedule. Most students choose to study abroad during their junior year. Other options exist based on your academic plan.

    Types of Programs

    ODU-Sponsored Programs:

    Travel with other ODU students and an ODU faculty member.
    Programs last from a week to half a semester.
    Cost typically includes travel, accommodations and some meals.
    For 2010-2011 ODU offers two spring break short-term programs to Barbados and El Salvador and four May Term programs to Germany & Switzerland, Guatemala, Ireland, and Rome. There will also be a program offered in June to Costa Rica.

    Co-Sponsored Programs:

    Overseas programs are managed by another U.S. or foreign institution.
    Programs vary in length from a few weeks to a semester.
    ODU students are enrolled along with other students from other U.S. or foreign institutions.
    Classes are taught either in English, or in the language of the host country.
    Students will pay ODU tuition (unless host university's tuition is higher) and the remaining program fee to the host institution.

    Which Program is Right for Me?

    • Consider the following questions when narrowing your study abroad options:
    • Which country I have always wanted to visit?
    • Do I need need to fulfill a language requirement?
    • Do I want to take core classes, or do I want to take courses in my major?
    • What academic options do I have?
    • Can I talk to students who have returned?
    • During what time of the year would I like to go?
    • Do I want to go for a full semester?
    • How much will it cost?
    • Which program best fits in my budget?
    • What is the language of instruction?
    • Do I want to live in student housing or with a host family?
    • What are my interests and hobbies?
    • What do I want to get out of this experience? (i.e. cross-cultural experience, language, adventure, resume builder, etc..)
    • Would I like to travel before and after my program?
    • Will this experience extend my program of study?
    • Am I ready to choose?

    Visit the ODU Education Abroad Programs page to view all of your options!

    If you still have questions, or do not know which program to choose, please contact the International Office.