The consensus among experts on how college students who want to study abroad should approach searching for scholarships is simple: Do it early.
Just as with coursework, finances and opportunities throughout a college career, it’s important to look for scholarships and plan out the financial implications of studying abroad as soon as possible, experts say.
“It seems crazy, but we tell students to plan for studying abroad in their first year,” says Nyoka Joseph, assistant director of student services at New York University’s International Exchange Program.
NYU, like many colleges, doesn’t allow students to study abroad their first year on campus. However, it’s important to start exploring right away if a student intends to study internationally, Joseph says.