Study Abroad FAQs

Macaws on Mayan Ruins in Honduras
 Day of the Dead skull and flowers
 Brazil skyline
 Machu Picchu

Can I study abroad even though I am a Zoology (Art, Chemistry, etc.) major?

Yes! Most students can, with some careful planning, work study abroad into their program. Remember that Miami Plan courses, primarily in the fine arts and social sciences, are available in most recommended programs in addition to those directly related to the Spanish major or minor.

I have loans to pay for school; isn't studying abroad a lot more expensive than attending Miami?

Programs vary in cost, some more, some less than Miami’s tuition. There are interest-free loans exclusively for studying abroad, study abroad scholarship opportunities, and the possibility of utilizing existing loans and federal aid for the study abroad program.  

When is the best time to schedule study abroad?

Most study abroad programs are designed to serve the needs of juniors. It is possible that you will be ready before that point, and in some cases after. There is some flexibility here. Deadlines for application are usually mid-way through the previous semester, eg. for spring semester, plan to apply by end of Sept-early October.

How do my credits/grades transfer back to Miami?

Currently, only the credits (not the grades) transfer from programs abroad (we are working to change that!). With the proper paperwork, classes abroad can be counted for specific courses at Miami, including classes for your major, minor, or even Miami Plan. You should talk with the CDA of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese before departure in order to choose specific courses. Once you return, these courses will be accredited according to your prior agreement or adjustments made according to specific circumstances.

I love Miami, why would I leave to study abroad?

We all love Miami, but going abroad is an important part of a complete education, and essential for students majoring in a foreign language. Immersion in language and culture is the fundamental step toward achieving fluency. Students learn so much about the world and themselves while abroad. It is always a challenge to work international travel into life, and even harder to actually live for an extended period abroad. Do it now, while you can: you won’t be sorry. Studying abroad also looks amazing on resumes!

But wouldn't it just be easier for me to study abroad after I graduate when I have more time and money?

The time to study abroad is now. You may have more money after graduation, but you won't have more time. Now is when you have the most time-flexibility in your life. Make the most of it.

Will I graduate on time if I study abroad?

The earlier you plan, the better. You can set aside classes and take them abroad. Spanish majors and minors should talk to the Departmental CDA as soon as you know you are interested; all students should contact the appropriate divisional advising office about your courses in general.

Are classes abroad a lot harder than classes at Miami?

Most students say that classes abroad are NOT harder than classes at Miami. Just different. It is a very different atmosphere in non-American classes, which is exactly why we study abroad in the first place! 

Isn't it too dangerous to study abroad nowadays?

Statistically, you are far more likely to have an accident at home than on a study abroad experience. If you use the same caution you would when visiting a big U.S. city, you won't have any trouble.

So, the Department’s CDA helps me choose programs and courses. Whom can I talk to about the rest of the process?

The Office of International Education in 216 MacMillan Hall is devoted to helping students with the non-academic part of the study abroad: finances, visas, etc. They also maintain a list of student reactions to the various programs. And don't forget to talk with the appropriate divisional advising office. Make planning part of the adventure!