Q. When is the best time to study abroad?
A. Some advisors think your junior year is the best time to go abroad, but you can go at any time. Most programs require that you have at least sophomore standing. We want you to stay on campus long enough to feel a part of BSU. But after that you are free to explore the world. And remember, you can study abroad more than once! Consider testing the waters early on with a short summer field study, then going back for a semester or year-long program.
Q. I don't speak another language. Am I limited to just England and Australia?
A. We have many programs, even those in non-English speaking countries, where the classes are taught in English. Thailand, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria to name just a few.
Q. Is study abroad expensive?
A. We offer a wide variety of programs. Some programs are more expensive than others, but many are around the same cost as a semester here at Ball State. Keep in mind that we have several scholarships available for study abroad, and you can apply most other scholarships, grants, or loans you receive to the cost of the program.
Q. Is it safe to go overseas? What about war, SARS, terrorism, and other dangers?
A. Every day we take risks, and no one can guarantee safety, but at Ball State we make every effort to provide study abroad programs that are safe. We keep abreast of Department of State Travel Advisories, remain in contact with site directors, and prepare students with orientation programs specific to their host country.
Q. Will I be able to graduate on time if I study abroad?
A. With a little bit of planning most students are able to stay right on track. Students can usually find courses in their major or minor overseas, allowing them to earn credits toward graduation while experiencing their discipline from a new perspective. We also have programs that allow you to get credit for core classes.
Q. My major is very intense, with all of the classes planned out for me. Can I still study abroad?
A. For students who are locked in to a very rigid program, summer programs can be a good alternative to a semester away. These programs are usually very inexpensive, and allow you to earn up to 6 credits. Also keep up to date on the programs offered within your department, sometimes faculty members design special field studies for students within a particular major.
Q. How do I know the credits will transfer?
All academic credit must be approved by the BSU department awarding the credit prior to your departure. To find out how the credits would transfer you will need to have your course descriptions/course syllabi reviewed by these departments. We provide a Request for Study Abroad Credit sheet for you to secure signatures prior to your departure. This form is a type of contract for credit transfer. Field studies, London Centre, and Australia Centre are pre-approved and listed in terms of BSU credits.
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