Getting an Early Start on Studying Abroad

Study Abroad Article
Spain 2018 (Jaly Marquez)

By Olivia Koravos
As many may or may not know, Fitchburg State University offers numerous study abroad programs coordinated by the Office of International Education. The office is located on the third floor of Hammond. There are three ways that FSU students can study abroad. These include: short-term faculty-led programs, exchange/direct enroll programs, and outside provider-led programs.
Application deadlines for faculty-led programs in the spring and summer have passed. But, opportunities to study abroad for the fall 2019 semester have not. For those who want to study abroad for an entire semester this coming autumn, applications for overseas universities open soon. An early start in the study abroad process allows enough time to complete the study abroad process.
Nicole Salerno, Study Abroad Coordinator here at FSU, says that “Students need to be flexible. You’re going to a new country with new customs, education system, laws, etc. Also, remember to check the OIE Website! That is where you will find the most up to date information especially on new faculty-led opportunities.”
If money is on the mind, there is a list of scholarships available under the Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities FSU webpage. These include, but are not limited to: Fitchburg State University Center for Italian Culture Scholarship, The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Fulbright US Student Program, Boren Awards for International Study. There are many more available that are not listened on Fitchburg’s webpage. These can be found by doing research that is specific to your situation.
Before students’ head to the Office of International Education, they can view a presentation located on FSU’s study abroad webpage. The presentation answers questions about studying abroad. The checklist format of the presentation allows students to see what they do and do not need to do in order to fulfill the study abroad program. All the same, it is advisable for students to receive one-on-one time with the staff at the office, for they will be able to provide detailed explanations and cater to specific questions. Room 316 in Hammond Hall is the best possible resource to start with.