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Choosing your Program > Researching Programs

Researching study abroad programs is perhaps the most important part of finding the perfect program for you. The more you know, the better you can decide which program will fit your wants and needs. So how do you research programs? Here are some of the resources that are available to you:

  • Start here. This website is a great place to start! Spend some time going through the website, and you’ll learn what types of things you should consider. You can learn about all of the DU Partner (Cherrington-eligible) Programs here.
  • Read the DU Program Summaries. They’ll give you an overview of eligibility requirements, approximate dates of the programs, application deadlines, and a bit about the location, courses, and activities. They also give you a detailed application checklist for each program.
  • Explore the program’s website. This will give you many more details about the program, which could include: specific start and end dates, a list of available courses and course descriptions, details on housing, pictures of the location, student testimonials, contact info for the program, etc.
  • Search databases for unaffiliated programs. If you decide to do an unaffiliated program, you have a lot of options to consider. These websites will help narrow them down. (Pay careful attention to the eligibility criteria for unaffiliated programs.)
  • Come to the I-house (map).
    • Attend a Study Abroad 101 session and other study abroad information sessions.
    • We have a resource library where you may be able to pick up a printed brochure for the program you’re interested in.
    • Meet with a Peer Advisor, as they can help you explore all of these resources.
    • Meet with a international education advisor to talk specifically about your study abroad plans.
  • Contact the program directly. Talking directly with the university or program will enable you to get very specific details straight from the source!
  • Talk to students who have studied abroad recently. Study abroad alumni (or “returnees,” as we often call them) are the true experts! They can tell you everything you want to know about the housing, cell phones, what to pack, how to navigate the city—all the nitty-gritty. Ask a Peer Advisor or your OIE advisor for a list of DU students who studied at the program location in the last few years. Keep in mind, however, that each person is different. Your experience will never be exactly like another student’s.
  • Use other resources:
    • Google Earth is a great way to get a visual preview of your host city!
    • Go to a book store, visit the travel aisle, and grab a few books on your country. These books are great for concise information on your host city and the surrounding areas. If you find one you like, you’ll probably want to take it with you!

If you do all of the above items, you’ll have a much easier time selecting a program. Even if you think you don’t know what you want, you’ll find that simply learning more about what’s out there will reveal that you do have preferences and expectations about your study abroad experience.