Your student will earn credit toward his or her degree, learn and build skills for a future career, be able to put an impressive experience on a resume, learn a new language or continue studying one, experience a new way of living and learning, step out of a comfort zone, and learn skills he or she would not otherwise learn. Studying abroad is a transformational experience for students.
At the CU-Boulder, approximately 25 percent of students who enter the university as first-year students and graduate attend a study abroad program.
A recent study of graduation rates showed that CU-Boulder students who study abroad graduated at the same speed as students who did not study abroad. Your student can earn credit toward his or her degree while studying abroad, including major, minor, certificate, core, and elective credits. Ideally, your student will start planning at least a year in advance.
There are nearly 400 CU-Boulder approved study abroad programs in over 73 countries, so your student definitely has a lot of options! Students are encouraged to find a program that is a great fit by taking into consideration factors like courses offered, location, program type, cost, etc. Non-CU programs are also an option.
The cost of studying abroad varies by program. Some programs are similar (sometimes less!) to the cost of studying in Boulder, and others are more.
Your student can attend Study Abroad 101; a 30-minute session presented five days a week. At Study Abroad 101 students learn about reasons for studying abroad, program types, housing options, financial aid and affordability, major/minor credit, College of Arts and Sciences core, credits, grades, eligibility requirements, the application process, deadlines, and graduation information.
The personal safety of your student while he or she is studying abroad is of extreme importance both to you and to the Office of International Education. We take very seriously the role of preparing students through pre-departure orientations here in Boulder, extensive resources guides, contact with program providers, and on-site staff knowledgeable in the area. While your student is abroad, he or she will have access to on-site staff for assistance as well as our 24-hour emergency telephone. Although most experiences abroad are trouble free, CU-Boulder makes sure that students are well-prepared in order to remain safe and to maximize their experience abroad.
Where can I go for further information?
A good start is to visit the website. Additionally, we'd love to speak with you! Call (303) 492-7741 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in Boulder you are also welcome to come by during business hours to meet with a study abroad advisor in person.
by the Office of International Education, Study Abroad Programs University of Colorado Boulder. During Family Weekend, a representative for the Office of International Education will present information on the CU Study Abroad Program on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 3:50 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building room 1, basement20, and on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 9:50 a.m. in the Imig Music Building.