STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students are studying abroad at rapidly increasing numbers. Even so, some students will encounter challenges when planning and preparing for an international experience. For STEM students, it’s important to begin the planning process early, especially when it comes to academics. Students should continuously speak with their academic advisers about the courses they should take on-campus before they go abroad, when the best time is for them to go abroad, and what courses they should look for while abroad. It’s also important to keep in mind that academics vary greatly in different countries. Course demands may be higher, support services may be less available, and teaching styles will vary. This is all part of the cultural experience and students should be prepared to display flexibility and perseverance in their academic lives abroad. Students can work with both the Office of International & Off-Campus Education and their academic department/adviser to plan for their time abroad.
Below are some links to help inform and support STEM students as they plan and prepare to study abroad. The resources are not all-inclusive but are a good starting point to help STEM students prepare for their off-campus study experience. Please also feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with the Office of International & Off-Campus Education.