Why study abroad?
We want to invite you to consider one of the many RSCC study abroad programs that we offer. Studying abroad may be that defining moment in your education that will change your life. Nothing will be quite the same after you have studied abroad. Whether for one or two weeks or for a whole semester, studying abroad is a time of learning, observing, practicing new skills, and making new relationships; adventure, discovery, and personal development. When you come back, your perspective will be global, your attitudes will be international and you will have memories that you will carry forever. Your resume will be more attractive; in some cases your language proficiency will be advanced, and you will have developed lifelong friendships.
An idea that prevents students from participating in study abroad is its perceived inaccessibility. Students who study abroad are often surprised at how easy it was to plan it and do it. Financial aid is available, scholarship money is offered, and study abroad at Roane State is an experience available for every student. It's as easy as working through a checklist. And we, at the International Education Office, will guide you and help you step by step.
The student handbook should serve as a reference tool to prepare you for your upcoming study abroad experience. This guide should help you explore issues such as credit transfer, passport application, and culture shock.
Why Study Abroad?
- Experience of a lifetime - In a couple years you will forget the name of your history professor or your college algebra teacher, but you'll never forget the friends you made or the incredible experiences you shared while studying abroad. You will be a new person with new views, values, and perspectives
- Academic credit - The most obvious reason why students study abroad is to earn academic credit. You should consider the type of credit you will earn on your study abroad program. Will you earn core or general education hours? Will you earn credit towards your major or only elective credit? Will you receive a letter grade or pass/fail credit only?
- Language acquisition - The world marketplace is shrinking rapidly. Many companies require second languages. Foreign languages are not only valuable in the work force; they are valuable in the real world. Only with an immersion program will you be able to really master a foreign language.
- Practical experience - Study abroad coupled with an international internship is an incredible way to gain some real world experience. Additionally, you may find that only an international program can offer the real expertise you desire in your education and that you may not find in institutions at home
- Resume building - International experience is ranked high among many employers as a critical asset for prospective employees. Study abroad shows that you are resourceful, adventurous, internationally minded, and diverse.
Where should I go to plan a study abroad program?
Your first consultation should be with Roane State’s International Education Director, the most experienced and knowledgeable advisor in study abroad programs. It is probable that RSCC offers a program or can find a program that fits your needs. By going on a study abroad program developed at RSCC, you are more likely to be able to utilize your financial aid or scholarship money and receive credit for the experience.
If you can't find the right program for you at this college, the International Education director will help you find programs that will meet your needs at other institutions or with one of the international consortiums of which RSCC is a member institution. The present director, Dr. Adolf King, can be reached at ext. 2211 or by email at email@example.com.
How do I start?
Ask the International Education Director for a list of all the programs offered at Roane State or sponsored by any of the consortiums of international education. Choose the one closest to your major or closest to your own personal interest. For instance, if you have always wanted to visit a European country, look for a program that involves study in Europe. If you want to become fluent in Spanish, look at programs to study in a Spanish-speaking country.
With whom should I meet before I decide?
- Faculty members teaching the study abroad classes – We have several study abroad programs each year. Look at all of them and consider which one is most suited to your major and academic interests. Talk with the professors teaching the various programs and find out the requirements and objectives of the classes.
- International Education director - She/he can tell you what you need to know and who you need to see. Our job is to make sure you are prepared for your experience and that you will gain the most from your study abroad program.
- Academic advisor – Talk to your advisor about your goals. Your advisor will help you to decide the right type of program that you need for your career goals and for your major. Your academic advisor can tell you what type of credit you're likely to receive and how it will fit into your overall degree.
- Financial aid advisor – Unless you are financially independent, you will need to work closely with the Financial Aid director. Most study abroad participants utilize some form of financial aid for their experience. The Financial Aid director will advise you about how much out-of-pocket money you will need for the program of your choice.
What should I do once I decide to join a program?
- Once you decide to join one of our interesting programs, apply for it. Fill out an application to study abroad from the International Education office.
- Talk to the professor leading the program and request detailed information. Find out about credits earned, requirements, meetings, assessment methods, and meetings both before and after the stay abroad.
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