Myths and Reality of Study Abroad
1. It will delay my graduation. True or False?
False! Data from Global Program Support at Texas A&M indicate that students who study abroad graduate in the same number of semester as those that do not (actually a little bit sooner!). This is true across all colleges and majors!
2. I can't afford it. True or False?
You can't know this until you explore ALL of the MANY possibilities for financial aid. For students in our programs, we have scholarship support from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Engineering. Scholarships are also available from the Study Abroad Programs Office, the TAMU Honors Program, the Corps of Cadets, and many other on- and off-campus sources. Talk to our study abroad program coordinator, Katharina Ojala (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will steer you towards the potential pots of money!
3. My major or degree plan has no accommodation for study abroad. True or False?
False! All of our programs are designed to fit into the curricular requirements of students majoring in the life sciences and planning careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, allied health, and bioengineering/biotechnology. In our semester program, students have the chance to fulfill required courses as well as technical and directed electives.
4. Study abroad will not help me in my future plans or career. True or False?
False! Careers in the 21st century will require more, not less, global awareness and intercultural understanding. Many of our former students have reported back that when interviewed for professional school or for jobs they were asked about their international experiences. The fact that they had studied abroad, and the personal growth they experienced during their time away, made them better and more successful candidates for admission or hiring.
5. I only speak English and can't study in a non-English speaking country. True or False?
False! Most university educated Europeans speak excellent English and in Germany, almost all young people do whether they have gone to university or not. Plus, we will teach you how to speak a bit of German (or more than a bit if you like!) and you will have tons of opportunities to practice! The Germans love it when an "Ami" (American) speaks to them in their "Muttersprache" even if you only know a few words. Try it because you'll probably like it!
6. There is nothing I can learn abroad that can't be learned in the US. True or False?
False! What you learn during a study abroad transcends what you can learn on-campus in many ways. By being physically present and by meeting and interacting with people of another culture in their native land, you will discover things about them, about their countries, about the world, and most importantly, about yourself!