Step 3: Find out which program is right for you.
Taking time to research your options is crucial for a successful experience. Read all the program information and learn about the academic structure of the curriculum, housing options, services provided and opportunities for cultural activities or excursions. Learn about the host city and find out what it has to offer you as a student and traveler.
-Find out what is included and not included in the cost of the program. Request a detailed explanation of what the cost of the program covers.
-Request names and contact information of former participants from each program you are considering. These students will have valuable information about the program that will help you make your decision.
-Do not send any money to a program provider before you are certain that you have made the best choice for you and have confirmed that Texas State has approved your course transfer.
When Selecting a program, ask yourself:
-What are my goals for studying abroad?
This is a big decision, so think about what you wish to achieve and how the location, program length and course offerings will help you reach your goal(s).
-Have I exceeded my transfer hours?
If you are uncertain, contact your academic advisor.
-Do I want to study abroad through Texas State, through a third0party provider or through direct enrollment in a foreign university?
-How do costs compare among programs?
-Are any excursions planned and/or included as part of the program?
-What housing options are available? Do I feel comfortable with those options?
-Does the program offer internship or volunteer opportunities?
-Are references available from previous participants?
-Are students attending the program primarily Americans, or can I expect a multinational environment?
-What is the refund policy in case of cancellation?
-Is there an on-site program director who can provide me with assistance 24/7?
-If going for language instruction, what is the student-instructor ratio?
-Is the program accredited by the Ministry of Education of the host country?
-Is the program able to provide me with a transcript upon program completion? If so, who will issue the transcript? Does Texas State accept credits from that institution?
-Does the program offer a pre-departure orientation?
Texas State Programs vs. Independent Programs at a glace:
Texas State Programs
Application process through Texas State
IEFS Scholarship available for qualified students
Limited number of programs
Financial aid available through Texas State for qualified participants
Depending on type of program, Texas State classmates
Application process on your own
If an accredited approved program, IEFS Scholarship is available
Great array of program options
No financial aid available through Texas State
Most likely very few or no Texas State students as classmates