There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a study abroad program:
Now consider what barriers you must overcome in order to study abroad. Use the same kind of brainstorming technique to record the challenges. Identify the factors you will have to consider:
Consider how these factors may impact the type and duration of study abroad program you ultimately select. The aim of this exercise is to list the real challenges along with your goals.
Once you have completed this list, you can start setting priorities. Try ranking the factors. You may place the number 1 beside a geographic location that is extremely important to you, and then the number 2 next to money if affordability is a major factor. You are not making final life decisions here, simply outlining your priorities.
Some students like to rewrite their list combining both sets of factors (goals and challenges) in order of importance. Others compose goal statements, which combine the most important factors. An example of a goal statement that might result from this exercise might be, "I want to identify a semester-long, affordable study abroad program taught in French that will allow me to complete credits toward my psychology major and do an internship or research."