Selecting a Program
You can help your students select a study abroad program that is the best fit for them. You can guide them to an appropriate choice and assist them in preparing for that program as well.
Course of Study
Study abroad is primarily an academic experience that happens to take place in another country. It is important to consider what your student wants to study and help your student understand that this experience is more than a vacation. Talk to your student about what they want to learn and how this will fit into their academic plan. Encourage them to visit their professors, academic advisers, and The Global Engagement Office to learn more about how to achieve their academic goals while abroad.
Encourage your student to look at options outside of Western Europe, particularly, if they want to make connections with locals.
Our over 200 program options can be overwhelming, we recommend doing the following with your student:
- Share our Major Advising Guides and talk through options with your student.
- Together, develop a list of questions and encourage your student to independently visit The Global Engagement Office. This visit is an early step toward selfefficacy that will further develop throughout the study abroad experience.
- Follow up with your student after the visit, and offer to support them through the decision making process.
- Encourage them to meet with us again as needed.
Character & Career
You can also help your student think of this as an opportunity for personal and professional development. Help your student work through these questions and find programs that can fulfill their goals.
- Would your student benefit from an international internship?
- Is your student interested in volunteering?
- Is it better to learn a language through immersion?
- Does your student want to enroll in an international university and take classes with local students?
- Does your student want to go to graduate school in a research oriented field?
Santa Clara University has minimum requirements to participate on study abroad. Some programs are more competitive than others and may have a higher GPA requirement or more rigorous application process. You can help your student prepare by reminding them of application deadlines and encouraging them to keep their grades up.
Our programs vary from as short as four weeks up to a full academic year. Your student should think about how long they need to be abroad to achieve their goals, but should also consider when they need to be back on campus to finish their coursework, report to team practice, or engage in other important activities. You can help them balance these considerations, and help them decide which activities are important to participate in and which are okay to miss.
Program length can impact the fiscal cost of studying abroad.
There are a wide range of programs and each have different associated costs. It’s important to learn about the costs, your financial options, and find a program that fits your price range. Learn more about costs, financial aid, and strategies to save money while abroad.
Pros & Cons
Work with your student to compare the pros and cons of each program to narrow down your options. Encourage your student to talk to the Global Engagement Office and the host organization or institution to learn more about these specific programs. Do this early in the process so your student will have time to get their questions answered and apply to the best program. Follow up with them after the visit and offer your support.