Everybody should study abroad. It’s a great way to learn about different cultures, see the world and satisfy your thirst for knowledge as well.
Making the most out of your study trip takes planning, though. It shouldn’t be a spontaneous decision like taking a weekend trip. After all, you will probably be spending 6 to 12 months here, so make the most of it.
Here are 4 things to remember if you are an international student looking to study abroad at UCF:
1. Apply for a Sorority/Fraternity Early
Coming to the U.S., you might be intrigued by the idea of joining a fraternity or sorority. Even if you are only studying abroad for a year or semester, this can be a great way to immerse yourself in college culture and make some lifelong friends in the process.
However, if you plan on doing this, remember to check out your options and start the bidding process as soon as possible. Most fraternities and sororities will start the recruiting process long before you actually arrive in the country.
You can learn more about Greek Life at UCF here.
2. Get Involved in Campus Activities
One thing you’ll learn studying in the U.S. is that school spirit is a very real thing. American students are not shy about showing their school pride, whether it’s wearing school colors, attending sporting events or participating in on-campus events.
Getting involved in campus events is a great way to break the ice and beef up your resume a little bit. Make the most of your study abroad trip by writing for the school newspaper, playing intramural sports or joining the model UN club.
3. Make Sure You Can Get the Credits You Need
This is easily the most important thing to remember when choosing to study abroad. After all, why spend all this money if it isn’t going to help you in the future?
Always meet with your academic advisor to make sure you will be able to satisfy your degree requirements before planning a study abroad trip. Keep in mind that different schools may offer different courses that are worth the same credits, so don’t just look at the course catalog. Make sure you speak with advisors at both universities to ensure you will remain on track for graduation.
4. UCF Has Tons of Resources
International students coming to UCF for their studies will have a ton of resources at their disposal. Global UCF has a plethora of information like the degrees and programs offered, what becoming a UCF student is like, what you can expect from student life and a blog dedicated to providing international students with current information.
International students can learn more about student life at UCF here.
Of course, you want to make the most out of your experience studying abroad. Remembering these tips can help you get the most value out of your trip and stay on track with your future goals. You only live once, so do it right!
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