When deciding to study abroad, did you attend a satellite campus of your current university or study at a new university altogether?

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I actually did both when I studied abroad. Most of my classes were at a satellite campus of my university, but I took one class at a local university as well. The class that I took at the local university was definitely one of the hardest and most rewarding aspects of my study abroad experience. We were given very little guidance in how to choose and register for classes, so from the beginning it was a bit intimidating. It was a French university with local students, so I really had to put my language skills to the test. It was scary, but I learned a lot and it was a great way to meet French students and to learn more about their culture. While I enjoyed the classes at the satellite university, they definitely didn't challenge me in the same way that this course did.
I attended a satellite campus of my current university. I could get the most information about the program this way and talk to other students who had done the same study program. I felt that I trusted the program more and knew exactly what I would be getting, rather than showing up by myself in a foreign country only to be given some big surprise.
Choosing a study abroad program led by university faculty or that is a satellite campus is a surefire way to make the study abroad process easier. However, there's usually a range of study abroad options to look into that could better suit your needs! Many study abroad programs have other universities that they are partnered with, but aren't run by the same people. For instance, I studied abroad at a partner university so while the classes and faculty were completely different, I only had to pay my normal tuition and my credits transferred very easily. However, some of these programs are rather limiting and won't give you the experience you want. If you have a very specific place in mind, try a larger service like ISEP that can take you virtually anywhere! Though the process may be a bit more extensive, I've known many people who have used ISEP and had a great time.
Brittany, When I was looking into study abroad programs, the most important thing to me was that my credits would easily transfer. Because of this, I chose a program that was faculty led by my university. I knew the credits would easily transfer and everything would be smooth sailing. The best piece of advice I can give you is to ensure the program you've chosen has been done by a student at your University in the past. Things will be a lot easier to deal with if someone has cleared the path for you before. Hope this helps!

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