Studying abroad or doing an internship abroad is a valuable experience that will not only expand your worldview by interacting with people from other countries but also the chance to experience life in a different culture. Most universities have many exchange partners all over the world. To apply for an exchange semester, you have to go to the International Office at your university. Ask there for further information concerning the application process, deadlines and the criteria after which students are selected.
An internship helps you to acquire practical, hands-on professional skills. You will have the opportunity to create business and personal relationships.
Studying abroad does more than promote academic enrichment and personal growth. It also enhances your employment prospects. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have experience abroad. Because these students have skills that are appreciated in today’s competitive workplace: not just international knowledge and second language skills — important as those are — but also cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with differences. Before going abroad, there are different steps you have to take.
Students from the US have to apply for a Visa which can be requested at the embassy.
There are different options for housing: residence halls, apartments or shared apartments. You can inform yourself on the Internet or ask the International Office for information.
A health insurance is essential; accident insurance is also an important supplement. You should inform yourself at various insurance companies in your home country and compare terms and prices.
Tuition is paid at your home institution. For living expenses (housing, food / beverages, books etc. 800 – 950 € per month should be considered. Don´t forget to calculate a bit more money for the beginning, as you have more singular expenses i.e. the deposit. A good way to finance
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers financial aid for undergraduate students. It is sponsored by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000, depending on the length of their program, to bear the costs associated with studying abroad.
More financial aid
If you want to improve your language skills to feel more secure before university or the internship starts, you can do a language course. You can find German language schools, Italian language schools and many other languages almost everywhere. A language course is a good way to adapt yourself to your new environment and meet new people.