Selecting a Program

Know you want to study abroad, but aren't sure where to begin? Follow the steps below to select the program that's right for you!

When deciding which program/ program type is the best fit for you, it is important to understand your goals and priorities. 

Goal Setting

  • What are your academic goals?
  • What are your personal goals?
  • What are your professional goals? 


What is most important to you?

  • Timing of the program (When is best for you to go?)
  • Location (What country or culture are you interested in?)
  • Courses offered (Discuss with your academic or major advisor the classes you need to take abroad (i.e. major/minor classes, general education requirements, electives) and do a degree audit)
  • Financial aid available
  • What language do you want to learn or further study?

All students must attend either an Affiliate advising session before applying to their program or meeting with a staff advisor

  • After attending a session, students can schedule an appointment with the appropriate advisor (based on program type) in the Center for International Education
  • Identify courses you need to take abroad as well as what you will need to take upon your return to the College
  • Make a financial plan with the estimated cost of your program as well as your personal budget (i.e. airfare, meals, local transportation, miscellaneous expenses, etc.)
  • Consider the exchange rate between your host country's currency and the US dollar
  • All students must submit a complete College of Charleston study abroad application to the CIE. Please visit to set up a profile and get started.
  • If you are applying to an exchange program or an affiliate program, you will need to complete the host program's application as well (deadlines vary so check the websites)