University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Study Abroad Programs

Is Study Abroad for Me?

 

Think about what you want to gain from Study Abroad

Do you want to be introduced to a new culture? Try new and daring things? What kind of climate are you preferring? Do you want to be exposed to a new language or are you more comfortable in an English-speaking country? Do you want a short trip (one week) to something long term (an entire semester)? UMHB offers several options that can suit your wants and needs from a Study Abroad trip.

Make the necessary preparations for a Study Abroad trip

Are you up to date on vaccinations? Are you covered under health insurance? Do you have a current and valid passport? Do you have appropriate apparel for your destination? Study Abroad trips are not just your typical vacation-- they require a lot of preparation beforehand. One must also be prepared to be far away from home, sometimes with limited contact depending on your location. Make sure you are mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually ready for a Study Abroad trip. Remember to keep an open mind; you will be introduced to new cultures and experiences on your trip. The best way to cope with everything is to simply keep an open mind about it all.

The University is committed to making opportunities to study abroad available to all students, including students with disabilities.  The Counseling, Testing and Health Center is ready to assist students who have physical, mental, learning, or other disabilities to find programs that meet their needs.  It is the student’s responsibility to request an accommodation.  The availability of accessible facilities and cultural attitudes about accommodating disabilities vary greatly from country to country.  Some programs, by their very nature, require specific skills or the ability to perform certain physical tasks.  Students should always carefully investigate the location and nature of a particular study abroad program to make sure that they are qualified to undertake that experience and that any necessary accommodations will be available.

Study abroad experiences in certain countries can also present challenging new experiences for women.  In some cultures, relationships between men and women are very different from what students are accustomed to at home, and students may experience attitudes which they consider sexist or demeaning.  While most women report very positive experiences while studying abroad, learning about the culture and knowing what to expect in a particular country will help every student get the most out of his or her international experience.