Most colleges appear to be proud of their study abroad programs. At info sessions, admissions officers brag about how connected their college is to various places around the globe. College websites and alumni magazines show pictures of happy students walking the streets of Rome, paddling down a river in Vietnam, or playing soccer in the street with kids in Chile’. Most colleges include study abroad expenses in their tuition charges. At some colleges the student may be required to pay the air fare and some incidental expenses. But Is study abroad for everyone?
The fact is, depending on the student’s major, study abroad programs may not work for a student. Engineering majors and others are discouraged from interrupting a required sequence of courses in pursuit of study abroad. Those students might be best served by taking advantage of study abroad opportunities in the second semester of their freshman year or during their sophomore year.