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Study Abroad


The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources for students, parents, and faculty during the study abroad process. 

What is Study Abroad?

Study abroad is the opportunity to pursue academic studies in a foreign country. Programs can range from short-term faculty led, one semester, or one academic year. 

  • Semester Programs: Longer-term experiences spanning an academic semester. Students take courses at a foreign institution, earning transferable credits while immersing themselves in the host country's culture and academic environment.

  • Short-Term Programs: Shorter in duration, typically ranging from one to a few weeks. Designed to fit into academic breaks, these programs offer condensed but immersive experiences focused on specific topics, regions, or cultural aspects.

  • Internship Programs: Combine academic coursework with hands-on professional experience abroad. Participants intern with local businesses or organizations, gaining practical skills and cultural insights. Typically available durations, these programs enhance resumes and expand professional networks.

Each option caters to different preferences, goals, and schedules, requiring students to carefully consider their objectives when choosing the right fit. Learn more about Study Abroad at Merrimack

Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad offers a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a new culture while expanding their global perspective, enhancing their academic studies, and enhancing career prospects. Below are a few of the many benefits of study abroad that collectively make it an enriching and transformative experience. 

  • Cultural Immersion: Gain firsthand experience of a new culture, customs, traditions, and way of life. 
  • Personal Growth & Enrichment: Embrace challenges, conquer fears, and unlock your full potential as you navigate through diverse landscapes and perspectives.

  • Language Proficiency: Enhance your language skills through immersion, becoming fluent in a new language or significantly improving your proficiency

  • Networking Opportunities & Career Prospects: Build connections with people from around the world and gain a competitive edge in the global job market, fostering valuable professional and personal relationships. 

  • Cross-Cultural Communication Skills: Develop and hone your ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries, fostering empathy, understanding, and cooperation.

Study Abroad Myths

Study abroad is often seen as a privileged and costly opportunity that may not be accessible to all students but don't let these study abroad myths discourage you!

  • Study abroad is too expensive
    • This is the biggest challenge that many students face when interested in studying abroad but there are many scholarship, grant, and financial aid opportunities available! Check out ways to financially prepare here

  • You can't study abroad with your major 
    • There are many study abroad opportunities for many majors! Learn more about which programs may fit into your major or fulfill other credit requirements. 

  • Studying abroad is a vacation 
    • ​​​​​​​Studying abroad is what you make of it but having a balance between academics and having fun is important. 

  • Making friends will be difficult while studying abroad
    • ​​​​​​​Meeting new people in a new place can be nerve wracking for some but many others may feel the same way. Learn more about how you can approach making friends while studying abroad

  • You'll miss out on everything back home 
    • ​​​​​​​Life will continue while your abroad but having ways to communicate with friends and family helps to ease your worries! Now there are many ways to keep in touch while abroad - Whatsapp, Instagram, or FaceTime. Learn about other creative ways to share your study abroad experience back home. 

  • Employers won't care that I studied abroad

Learn more about other study abroad myths that don't have to keep you from pursuing it!

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