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Myths and Misconceptions
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 scholarships available just for study abroad programs that you might qualify for.
- *All of the above are for semester programs. Short-term programs are generally not covered by financial aid.
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 may actually help you get ahead!
Myth 3: I don't speak another language, so I can't study abroad
Fact 3: Most students who study abroad don't speak another language
- English is the third 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 out on your own at some point, and studying abroad is GREAT preparation for that.
Myth 5: Studying abroad isn't for me
Fact 5: It can be!
- Not only do we have programs that are catered to students' 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 Westfield House. Want to do some volunteering? Add a service-learning experience to your program!