“Immersion in another country’s culture does more than help a student’s job prospects, it’s also about shaping the future of your countries and of the world we all share.” ~ Michelle Obama on her 2014 mission to China.
Study Abroad programs are becoming increasingly attractive as more and more college students seek meaningful ways to spend college breaks or explore true diversity of cultures. Additionally, as students return and share their positive experiences, others sign up to head overseas as well.
Study Abroad and Alternative Spring Break resources
- IERCEF – North Carolina consortium of HBCU’s for study abroad
- Volunteer Match – Search for volunteer opportunities in your zip code
- One Life Path – Gap year travel and volunteer abroad
- Student Conservation Association – Environmental conservation opportunities
- United Way – Spend time in Biloxi, MS with other college students
- Habitat for Humanity – Volunteer to help eliminate poverty housing
- Cross Cultural Solutions – International volunteer opportunities
- Projects Abroad – Volunteer abroad opportunities
- Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – Study abroad funding opportunity
- School for International Training Scholarships – Gain valuable international experience
Stay Safe Abroad
As you evaluate study abroad programs and think about the great benefits of going global, also become aware of the associated risks. Some general advice including tips from the University of Chicago’s extensive Study Abroad program:
- Be alert.
- Trust your instincts.
- Don’t share everything on social media.
- Establish a routine for communicating with family and stick to it.
- Be cautious with your cash and be observant around cash machines.
- Be careful around public gatherings especially political or protest gatherings
- Know where police and security stations are located.
- Find the nearest US Embassy and healthcare facility.
- Stay sober although it may be tempting to “lose yourself” while overseas.
- Be alert when using public transportation.
- Do as much research as possible ahead of time.
- Watch for friendships that seem to develop really quickly.
- Make and secure copies of your important papers.
- Don’t be the noisy tourist and attract attention to yourself.
- Be observant and open to learn new things.
- Don’t get caught up in local politics.
- Research Air B & B locations very carefully.
- Plan a daytime arrival in new and unfamiliar destinations.
- Leave the expensive clothing, jewelry and keepsakes at home.
Study Abroad and Alternative Spring Break Articles
- Articles by J.Renay Loper, global education professional writer and speaker based in New York City. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or send questions on studying abroad to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure Ms. Loper gets your questions.