BY ANGELA MURPHY —
When students think of studying abroad, often the first thing that comes to mind is the cost or that it couldn’t happen easily. But William Paterson’s Center for International Study, located in Raubinger Hall, Room 207B, provides information on dozens of programs for students to choose from around the world.
Programs such as Semester at Sea even offers students with a 3.0 or higher the chance to sail around the world for a semester. The number of study abroad programs offered around the world can be overwhelming, but after a little research it is easy to find where your own preference lies.
Last fall I studied at the American College of Greece in Athens. At first, I wanted to go to Amsterdam or Prague, but decided that those places would be pretty cold during most of my semester. Before the semester began, my girlfriend and I traveled to Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Japan. During the semester we both took different weekend trips, and managed to travel to five more countries such as Germany, Ireland, England, Switzerland and France.
Studying in Athens was not something I thought was possible. Between working full time during the semester and other responsibilities, it was something that seemed like a pipe dream. Last year, I met someone who changed that point of view for me. Any excuse that I made for myself was just that, and the next thing I knew I was on a plane to Venice, Italy in August.
To apply to study abroad a student needs a minimum 2.5 GPA, two recommendation letters and a personal essay explaining how “participating in a Study Abroad program will enhance your academic experience and overall educational, personal and career objectives at WPUNJ”. Other requirements include getting multiple documents approved, and applying separately through the program you decide on. One important thing to consider when choosing the right program for yourself is whether or not the university abroad will have your major. Preparation is key because all of these take a couple of months to process.
A job can always be put on hold, and money can always be saved up over the summer. Credits transfer, and plane tickets drop on certain days. Ryan Air and EasyJet will always give you the cheapest tickets.
Excuses simply become excuses after a while, and the next thing you know you’re in your last semester of undergraduate wondering what if.