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Questions to ask yourself when selecting a program

Choosing an OCS program can be a complex task. Here are some questions to think about as you begin your search or before you meet with and OCS adviser:

Which language(s) have you studied? Is improving your language skills an important goal?

Is there a particular area of the world that attracts you?

Do you want to take classes in your (intended) major or concentration?

Do you want to be in a group of other US university students, local students, other international students, or a mixture?

Are you interested in field work, volunteering, service learning, internships, or independent research?

Do you have particular interests or concerns related to your personal background or identity (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic heritage, etc.)?

Is considering the social and/or environmental consequences of traveling abroad important in your decision making process?

How much will your off-campus study program cost in comparison to a term at Carleton?