Alex Damon/Global Engagement
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain. Hopefully, most students know and agree that college is not a place where you only obtain a degree or a few flight ratings. It is unlikely that you will take away from any specific class more than a few quotes or facts memorized for a test the semester after you took the class. Think of how much you will forget about that class 10, 20, 50 years down the road of your life. I guarantee that you will not forget drinking wine in an Italian vineyard, sailing around the Greek islands, or flying gliders in the Bavarian Alps. Probably about 10% of learning in college is truly about what you learn in the classroom. It sounds insane but think about the first semester you took of freshman year of high school. Do you even remember the names of all of the classes you took or the teachers that taught them to you? Chances are you probably don’t remember everything as clearly as you would hope.
Studying abroad for a semester is not merely another semester worth of classes. It is a gap semester, backpacking tour, fully immersive cultural experience all in one. Afraid about graduating on time? When you go abroad for a semester we make sure that the classes you will take have transferable credits toward your degree. Worried it will cost more? Studying abroad for a semester you will pay your regular Embry-Riddle tuition. We then Exchange you to the other university. All you will pay for is your housing, food, cost of living. It should be noted campus housing abroad is generally extremely cheap compared to the same housing prices on campus. All of your normal financial aid and scholarships will also apply. Don’t know if they will have your classes in English? The classes taught at our partner universities are taught in English. You may choose to take a class in a foreign language class if you please! Stuck between an internship or study abroad? It is typically extremely difficult to go abroad the later you wait as your pool of classes shrinks. We recommend you study abroad before you apply for an internship as we have little requirements for acceptance and it is a great growing experience employers are looking for. You typically are likely to receive an offer for an internship the more experienced you are and your resume. Any questions regarding studying abroad can be directed toward Goglobal@erau.edu or you can stop by our offices next to Records and Registrations anytime between 8-5pm. The deadline for most programs is the beginning of April so apply soon!