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What are the best student exchange programs to study abroad?

My dream is to study in some foreign country. However, due to the lack of finances, I had to enroll to a local university. Now, I’m looking for a student exchange program to help me go abroad. Unfortunately, I don’t have any acquaintances with such experience and the information on the web is so chaotic that it only confuses me. Do you know what the best countries to study abroad are? Which of them offer student exchange with U.S.? Do any of them provide some special study abroad funding for the exchange students?

I don’t really know all details about this kind of program. Do you need to switch universities with someone from that country? What if no one wants to go to my university?

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Zach Chandler on February 16, 2018

Have you visited the website of the International Student Exchange program? I know that many websites can be a little confusing on the matter, but this website provides really good information. There, you can read the basics of most exchange programs. In addition, you can choose to host a student at your home. This is also a great opportunity to help people and get to know foreign countries. By hosting a foreign student, you open the doors to international cooperation, lasting relationship, and show the hospitality of America. Usually, the volunteers come from various parts of the country and have various statuses.

ISEP also provides multiple opportunities for exchange programs. It has many types of programs including summer courses, full-time education, or just one semester. The official website contains many useful guides and tips. To browse through all of them, visit the page: https://www.isepstudyabroad.org/guides-and-tips/

So, let’s talk about choosing the right program and the best country to study abroad. First of all, you have to think about the period of time you’ll spend in another country. How long can you stay by yourself without the help of your family? Keep in mind that there are such advantages as scholarships and grants for the full-time students. If you come just for summer, you’ll hardly get proper funding. Don’t go overboard with the time you are ready to spend. Also, don’t haste decisions for you can greatly regret your choice.  

Then, look through the academic requirements and search for the specific courses you need to take. This website offers you an easy search tool to find everything you want.

Do you know another language or want to learn one. If you decide to study abroad, you have to understand that most countries require for the candidates to know at least the basics of their national language. Some of them require pretty good skills. If you want to develop your knowledge, look for the specific programs that provide the full immersion to the foreign community.

Consider your financial situation and how much you are ready to spend. Remember that even the most popular exchange programs can’t provide full funding for exchange students. If you are lucky and smart, you’ll get a scholarship. Abroad study funding is the thing that can help you the most in adapting to a new culture.

Choosing a location, make a list of the factors that are most undesirable in a country and exclude the wrong countries. Then, think about what you’d like to see the most, be it a country or a culture, and look for good programs there.

Wilson Hansena year ago

Yes, those factors and tips that you’ve mentioned are really helpful. However, I would not pay too much attention to the International Student Exchange program – it is mostly used by younger teens.

If you are looking for the best destination for foreign students, search those countries that are most popular among American students who choose programs of student exchange. Personally, I know that many young people head to the UK. First of all, you don’t have to learn a new language, at most just get used to various accents. Secondly, our cultures are very similar. However, it comes be a great disadvantage if you are looking to immerse in a different one.

Looking for something more exotic, people often get to Italy and Spain to enjoy the warm climate, positive people, and delicious cuisine.

If these two options are not exotic enough for you, choose China or Japan. The cultures are so unique, that you won’t be ready to return home in a year. The food is also rare and exotic.


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