Choosing a Program

Deciding to study abroad is exciting, but sometimes selecting a program can be overwhelming and even a little scary. Programs vary greatly in structure, length, and benefits. There is a lot to consider among many different program types and destinations. The most important thing, regardless of which program you choose, is to research your options and plan ahead with your academic advisor and the Center for Global Education (CGE) staff.

Step 1: Attend a Global Education (GE) 101 Session

These sessions are held every other week; once a month on Main Campus and once a month at the Ballston Campus. During the GE 101, you will learn about the different types of global programs MU offers, how to search for programs, and which tools and knowledge you will need to study abroad. You will review information on academics, finances, program selection, and tips on how to plan for your experience abroad.

Step 2: Identify your goals

As you consider your options, it’s important to think about what kind of experience you want to have and what you are looking for in a program in addition to destination. Here are a few questions to get you started:
  • Are you looking for an immersive, independent experience, or would you prefer to travel with a group of Marymount students?
  • Do you need to take specific classes, or do you have electives or general education requirements that you can fulfill abroad?
  • Are you interested in a region of the world or a specific country?
  • Are you interested in studying a foreign language?
  • What skills do you want to develop while abroad that are important in your future career?
  • Are you interested in having an internship be part of your program abroad?

Step 3: Meet with your Academic Advisor

Plan early! Talk with your academic advisor as soon as possible about your intent to study abroad. Some courses may be easier to take abroad than others. Furthermore, depending on your major, you may need to go abroad during a specific semester in order to make sure you complete the requirements for your degree on time. Once you have selected a program, you will need to meet with your academic advisor again to make sure the courses you plan to take satisfy your academic requirements and keep you on track for graduation.

Step 4: Explore your program options

There are many options to choose from! Explore the different program types the CGE offers and begin researching programs that may be a good fit for your goals and interests by searching for programs in our program database. Take notes and write down questions to ask during your meeting with the CGE staff.

Step 5: Meet with the CGE staff

After you have identified your goals and started to explore the different study abroad program options, you should schedule an appointment with a member of the CGE staff. The type of program you’re interested in will determine who you should meet with:
  • Fall, spring, summer semester programs, international internships: Victor Betancourt
  • Global Classroom Series programs: Ana-Sofia Alcaraz
  • Summer faculty-led, graduate student programs, global student teaching: Victor Betancourt

Step 6: Apply

Once you have completed the steps above and decided on a program, you are ready to apply. Please refer to the appropriate application process for your specific program type on the How to Apply page.

Center for Global Education

Rowley Hall, 1st floor
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: (703) 284-1677

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Us