16 Mar Not sure if how to approach picking a study abroad program?
When picking a program it depends on what you are looking for and what factors come into play for you:
Time of the year. Does season matter to you? Do you have a summer job to consider? Weddings or other life events to attend? Are you on a sports team and have training? Summer or Winter classes? PINC programs are designed to occur when you are on vacation from school. So it DOESN'T interfere with your semesters. This also follows perfectly into the next question.
Duration. How long can you go away for? Two weeks or two months? Duration effects goals and money. With PINC, as yourself are you excited to commit to living abroad two months? Or are you looking for a fun express-experience that highlights all the must sees and must dos?
Goals. Am I traveling for the experience? To build my resume? Meet new people? Travel? All of them! With PINC Internship vs Immersion: Are you looking to be immersed and build soft skills to bring back with you for future job/internship opportunities? Do you want to live like a local and build hard & soft skills?
Price. You are investing in an experience, one that will be giving a return of investment for the rest of your life. What's your budget? What is included in the price? Flight? Housing? Insurance? Activities? Trips? Do they offer payment plans? Do payment plans include interest? PINC programs range from $6,000 USD to $2,900 USD, please note we do offer payment plans to those that qualify with NO interest.
Have a think of those points. There obviously are no wrong or right answers! This is something I normally would like to chat about directly with the student to give a more personalized answer, or simply be a sounding board for you to organize your thoughts.