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Top 5 Myths about Studying Abroad

Myth 1: I can't afford to study abroad

Fact 1: If you can afford to be at Concordia, you can afford to study abroad!

  • There are numerous programs we offer where students actually save money compared to  being on-campus for a semester!
  • For most semester programs, tuition is the same as at Concordia, except housing and cost-of-living expenses can be much cheaper.
  • You are still eligible for federal, state and institutional financial aid while you study abroad. 
  • There are additional scholarships available just for study abroad programs that most students qualify for.

Myth 2: Studying abroad will delay my graduation

Fact 2: We can help you find a program that keeps you on track to graduate on-time!

  • With some advance planning, anyone can study abroad, so talk to the Study Abroad Office as early as possible!
  • With over 500 different program options for students to choose from, there is something for everyone to allow you to find the courses you need to stay on-track
  • We coordinate advising between the Study Abroad Office and your Academic Advisor to make sure the program you select gets you the courses you need.
  • Summer, Winterim and Global Ed. Courses definitely won't delay your graduation. They may actually help you get ahead!

Myth 3: I don't speak a foreign language, so I can't study abroad

Fact 3: Most students who study abroad don't speak a foreign language

  • English is the most spoken language in the world
  • We offer dozens of programs in English-speaking destinations like the England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.
  • Even in non-English speaking destinations, the VAST majority of courses are taught in English
  • There's no better way to learn a foreign language than studying abroad, even if you have no previous experience in the language.

Myth 4: I can't leave for a whole semester because I'll miss out on being with my friends and family.

Fact 4: Not studying abroad is a bigger regret than not being at home for 4 months.

  • Graduating seniors were surveyed and not studying abroad was one of their biggest regrets.
  • Most students who study abroad say it was the best experience of their lives. Can you say the same about one semester at home?
  • You'll be with other American and international students during your program, and it's a great opportunity to make life-long friendships.
  • You'll have to grow up and strike it out on your own at some point, and studying abroad is a GREAT preparation for that.

Myth 5: Studying abroad isn't for me.

Fact 5: Yes it is!

  • Not only do we have programs that are catered to your academic needs, but we also have programs that fit you uniquely.
  • More of a home-body? Do a home stay with a local family. More of a small-town person? We've got plenty of options in small cities.
  • More of an independent spirit? Stay in an apartment and plan your own adventures! More of a big-city, nightlife person? Plenty of options there!
  • Looking to develop you spiritually? Check out Veritas or Westfield House. Want to do some volunteering? Add a service-learning experience to you program!