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How to Choose a Program

​​​​​Did You Know? ​

Providence College recognizes over 300 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries around the world!​

When it comes time to decide which education abroad experience you want to participate in, the options can be a bit daunting. However, since your time abroad has the potential to be a life-changing experience, it deserves a great deal of thought.

Providence College strongly encourages students to participate in a study abroad program that complements and strengthens their program of study. If you are a management major, for example, you might choose to study “International Business” or in Copenhagen through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) or “Business & Culture” in Barcelona through the Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE).  Furthermore, integrating your study abroad program into your Providence College degree helps to ensure that you graduate on time!

Factors to Consider

There are many factors to take into consideration-type of program, location, and coursework to name just a few. In order to help with the process, the Center for International Studies has compiled a list of questions for you to consider when reviewing the program options.

  • Is there a geographical location that I am interested in?
  • What do I really want to get out of this experience? (i.e. language skills, international perspective on my field of study, cross-cultural experience, adventure, new perspective on potential ca​reer​, resume builder)
  • What language skills do I have? What is the language of instruction? (Remember, you do not always have to know the host country language to study abroad there)
  • Do I prefer a large city or small town?
  • Do I prefer a large university or small university?
  • Do I want or need to take classes for my major, minor, core requirements, or electives?
  • When do I graduate? (If you plan to study abroad close to your planned graduation date, please 
    consult with the Assistant Dean of International Studies)
  • Do I want to study with a group of Americans, or would I prefer a more independent experience?
  • Do I want to live with a host family, in an apartment or house with other Americans/international students, or in a university residence system?
  • Am I interested in studying for a summer, semester, or year?**
  • Do I want to travel on planned excursions or primarily on my own?
  • Do I plan to do additional travel before or after my program?
  • What is my budget?
  • What are my interests, hobbies, and passions?
** In order to balance the number of students intending to study abroad across the academic year, the College reserves the right to restrict the numbers of students approved to study abroad in any one semester.