Study Abroad – Institutional Support
I have a high school senior who is interested in study abroad as part of the college education.
I know just about every school indicates that they offer study abroad as an option, but I have to imagine there are widely varying degrees of institutional support for it. And I know that it can also depend on your major (generally difficult for engineers to study abroad for any extended period).
I would like to ask parents out there who have had students who studied abroad, if they would be willing to briefly share the level of institutional support their son/daughter received. (Alternatively, if you had a student who was interested but chose NOT to study abroad because the school made it difficult (e.g. did not give enough course credit and would require staying in college an extra semester, etc), that would be helpful to know, too).
I am NOT looking for information about how valuable or not the experience was for the student (even though that is of course the reason to undertake study abroad). I am primarily interested in finding out the kind of actual support (or the lack thereof) provided by different school administrations for the students' study abroad effort, from "you arrange it, you pay for it, and you won't get much course credit for it" to "here are some great programs offered by our school/ organized by our professors, all your scholarships will count toward your semester away and you get full semester credit for everything, just sign up!" and everything in between. Please include the name of the school if you feel comfortable doing so.
If there are particular lessons learned ("make sure student arranges x,y, or z") those would be appreciated as well.
Thank you in advance for your replies.