Frequently Asked Questions

ANS. Overwhelmingly, students report that they come back feeling refreshed and invigorated from their experience. They develop new academic interests, change directions or bring a new focus to their studies and their lives.

The following are several more benefits one might consider when deciding whether to study abroad :

  • The educational advantage of taking coursework in another culture to complement your academic program
  • The enhancement of language skills
  • The understanding of another culture unavailable to you through academic study alone
  • The deeper awareness of the values and way of life of your own country, your own place in that country, and its place in the world
  • The educational challenge of participating in a different educational system
  • The chance to learn more about your own heritage
  • The provision of an international dimension to your intellectual and career development.

ANS. A number of University students choose to work abroad, especially during the summer. There are selected programs, which can help you locate a job and obtain a work permit for a particular country. Internships are also available through other universities/organizations.

ANS. In today's global society, any person needs to be able to understand the culture of the society other than his or her own. Study abroad is beneficial for any major subject. Major helps a person to specialize in his/her specific area.

ANS. The most common types of accommodation arranged for study abroad students are: residence hall-type housing, homestays, or private apartments or rooms. Most students are housed in single rooms with shared bathroom, kitchen and "living room." These are often self-catering arrangements, in which students are responsible for buying and preparing their own meals. There is a great deal of more freedom and responsibility for the students. Students who plan to live in a private room or apartment must make all arrangements themselves for leases, payment of rent, utilities, etc., and must often pay a sizable deposit before being allowed to move in.

ANS. Whenever you go abroad for your higher studies, you will likely be asked to pay for your medical care first and then will need to seek reimbursement. When you submit claims for reimbursement, you will need to have the itemized bill(s) translated into English. Please be sure to take copies of all paperwork for your files.

ANS. Employers increasingly seek graduates who have international experience and a study abroad experience will enhance your employability. International knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are skills enhanced through study abroad that are important to employers in various fields.

ANS. For an extended stay abroad a local bank account can be very useful. You usually receive an ATM/Debit card that will make financial transactions much easier and more cost-effective. Most banks will perform international wire transfers to your new account abroad. It is also useful to give a friend or parent power-of-attorney over your account so that they can endorse cheques for you or transfer money from that account to you abroad. If you plan on using your ATM/Debit card abroad, it is a good idea to change your PIN to a 4-digit number since foreign ATM machines may only accept 4 digits.

ANS: Colleges offer only undergraduate degrees while universities offer graduate degrees as well, but the terms are often used interchangeably.

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