Planning to Study Abroad
Your decision to study in another country is an important choice, and early planning and careful consideration are essential. Once you have decided you would like to study abroad, schedule an appointment to meet with the Director of Global Education to begin the planning process. When planning your Study Abroad experience, you will need to consider:
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- Region: Think about where you want to live, study, and your language ability.
- Types of program: Decide on the foreign university or programs that offer the type of courses you are interested in. You can choose from Sage faculty sponsored programs (currently: Jamaica, Puerto Rico, England, Paris, Europe, Rome and Vietnam), Sage sponsored programs (Spain and People's Republic of China) or Sage affiliated/consortium agreement, such as the program with the University at Albany.
- Length of stay: Decide how long you want to stay abroad -- one semester, summer, or an entire academic year.
- Field of study and courses: Discuss your choice with your academic adviser. For some programs the ideal year to plan a study abroad experience is your junior year, while for others it might be sophomore or senior year.
- Eligibility: Study Abroad programs are open to all full-time students who are in good academic standing (generally, a GPA of 3.0 or better depending on the program).
- Approvals: Do your research, get the necessary approval from your adviser and the College.
- Costs: You should consider all the costs involved in the program(s) that interest you. Study Abroad is a good investment for most students, and one with a value beyond measure. But take care not to plan beyond what you can reasonably afford. See the list below of cost considerations.
Costs to consider...
|Tuition: Is the program included in Sage tuition? Is financial aid included?||Room and Board: Is it included in the overall price or an additional cost? Does it include meals and how many?|
|Local Transportation: Transportation to and from airport. Estimate transportation costs for entire stay.||Airfare: Round trip to Albany, or another location? How much to get back to Albany?|
|Insurance: Ensure full medical coverage that is valid overseas, and know how to access it.||Miscellaneous costs: Passport & passport photos, visas, International Student Exchange ID card, long distance calls, personal travel...|
o Visit the Department of State's website for everything you need to know about passports
o Available at most post offices, CVS, Kinkos, Sears, through AAA
Visa (varies by country)
o Visit the Project Visa site to learn more
International Student Exchange ID card ($25)
o ISE card can earn you valuable discounts, click here for website
Long distance calls
o Find out the best and cheapest ways to make calls from your foreign country ahead of time
o If possible, arrange to communicate by e-mail
o While in your foreign country, consider traveling on your own on weekends or before or after the Study Abroad session