Once you come to Appalachian State University, you will feel right at home and happy you chose to become a Mountaineer! There are a lot of opportunities available to Appalachian students, such as studying abroad. You may become interested in taking your studies abroad for just a summer or semester, or you may want to try a full year. Having an opportunity to experience the global perspective first hand is an amazing opportunity like no other. You get the chance to learn about another country, see the historical landmarks you read in textbooks, and have a hands on learning experience that will stay with you forever. Lucky for you, Appalachian is recognized nationally for the amount of students that study abroad each year. Appalachian offers many different programs and scholarships, making it super accessible for students of all majors to have an international experience.
The first step to finding out more about studying abroad is to visit https://international.appstate.edu/education-abroad. If you choose to study abroad, you will work very closely with Office of International Education and Development (OIED), and they will help make the process a lot easier by answering any questions you may have. On the website, you will be able to see the multiple programs offered through Appalachian, including faculty-led programs, international internships, international student teaching, and exchange programs. There are more than 70 faculty-led programs and various options for many different majors.
One concern for many to study abroad is the cost. Often times, the financial aid applied for your tuition may be eligible to be applied to your study abroad expenses. Also, another way to offset cost are the various scholarships offered through OIED. OIED also offers various workshops and advising for finances and ways to help you pick the program that works best for you.
Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity. There is no rush to studying abroad, because you can choose to do it anytime while attending Appalachian, with the exception of your final semester. If you have any questions about studying abroad be sure to stop by the OIED office located in the Plemmons Student Union, you won’t regret it!
Sophomore, political science - international comparitive politics