This semester, I began the grueling process of applying to a study abroad program. When I was on the college hunt, I realized that studying abroad opportunities was a must where ever I ended up. And I definitely picked the right place for that. BU has programs all over the world doing any types of program you could think of. A girl in my sorority just got back from a Creative Writing Trip to Greece. My other friend spent a semester at sea. My plan: London Internship Program for Fall 2012.
The following are a few tips I have for those beginning the application process and how to make sure you get accepted to the program of your choice!
- Plan ahead. There a certain requirements to go on a study abroad program, especially ones that have an internship component (check out those requirements here). Decide early what semester or summer you want to go abroad and plan your schedule accordingly. There are no exceptions for the class or GPA requirements so make sure you’re all set when it comes time to apply.
- Get your recommendation letters. Most applications require 1-2 professor recommendations. Contact your recommenders early. It is not okay to expect them to finish it in a day so consider reaching out to them at least a month before the application is due. Don’t be afraid to send them a reminder email if the deadline is closing in but don’t badger them.
- Apply early! This may be the most important piece of advice I have to offer you. Applications and decisions are made on a rolling basis a.k.a. the sooner you get it in, the sooner you find out your decision. I had one friend who turned the application in almost two months before it was due and heard back in 12 days (the usually time is about four weeks). Also, many of the popular programs will fill up before the application deadline. Procrastinating your application may lead to a rejection from your program of choice.
Once you’ve been accepted (congrats!), get all your forms and deposit payment in fast! Once you do that, you can select your housing and classes for your upcoming time abroad. It is a very exciting time–remember these tips to make sure you have a semester you will never forget!
Check out the study abroad website for more information on abroad programs and to being your application!