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Step 3: Research Your Options

Wondering where to begin? Think about what aspects are most important to you in your study abroad experience. Is it the location? Duration of study? The curriculum? Living with a host family? Internship or community engagement opportunities?

Take advantage of the resources available to you, both on campus and online, to find a program that matches your interests. Talk to people - a peer or staff advisor in the Global Education Office at the Reves Center, your friends, your family, your faculty advisor - and take the time you need to choose a program that's right for you! We recommend you begin researching program options one year before the intended semester abroad.

We suggest you attend a Study Abroad 101 workshop which will offer tips on finding programs to fit your academic goals and interests.

  • Visit the Study Abroad Library on the second floor of the Reves Center, and read more about W&M programs and other study abroad options. Our peer advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have.  The office is open from 11 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday.
  • Browse the programs on our website to see what different options are available.
  • Check out the International Expo, held every fall during Family Weekend. Meet with faculty program directors and hear about the experiences of past participants firsthand.
  • Talk to students who have participated in the programs you are considering. The Global Education Office at the  Reves Center keeps a database of students who are willing to share information about their experience. Stop by the office and we'll provide you with contact information.
  • Read program evaluations written by both W&M and non W&M students at: www.studyabroad101.com
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