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Can I study abroad in multiple locations? Is this financially attainable?

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I hope to study cultural anthropology and journalism, so travel is absolutely crucial to my success professionally and as a student. I hope to travel to Africa (where I want to focus my studies) as well as Europe simply because I am fascinated by the continent and diverse cultures that serve as a sharp contrast to African life. Is it realistic to hope I can travel to several places in Africa and Europe throughout my collegiate career??
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It is certainly realistic, however there might be sacrifices that are required. When I graduated with my Anthropology degree, I had studied in my home state, several other states, Puerto Rico, the UK and South America. Part of this was due to my university requiring study abroad, however I transferred in and was very limited on where I could have gone (scheduling and funds, etc.) Look into study abroad programs ASAP, and any financial aid that may come with that. See if there are any "independent study" courses that you could leverage for credit while traveling. You'll probably have to get a job(s) to pay for the travel, it isn't cheap. William K.
I would definitely begin to look into scholarship programs as soon as you can. Also, if you decided that you want to do research for a project in any of the countries you are looking to travel to, your school may be able to give you money for that. As long as the credits from the classes you take abroad transfer back to your home university, you will have no problem studying in two places. However, depending on what university you will be attending, you may have degree requirements that you will have to complete before the end of your college career. These may make it hard for you to study abroad twice. It is always possible to find summer programs though and study abroad in the areas you're interested in at that time! Fiona B.
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George’s Answer

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As a South African graduate, I can highly recommend joining one of the top universities in the country (e.g. University of Pretoria, UCT etc.) where the area you would be working will be highly relevant backed by real insight. Furthermore, the region is continuously looking for international students to build diversity and an international vibe.

Costs can vary depending on the country you chose to study in but are generally cheaper compared to European cities. The cost of living is also comparatively low.

George recommends the following next steps:

  • Get in touch with the university's international students department and get more feedback on your area of interest and the city, university, costs etc.
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Maryann’s Answer

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Those are admirable goals! I have a few questions: Are you still deciding between the 2 majors or do you want to major in both? The former makes studying abroad more achievable. In my own experience and others’ with double majors, any study abroad that was not REQUIRED by the school for a degree in that major was difficult to fit in because each major may have extensive course requirements in addition to that school’s core requirements. Another question: Do you want to write about cultural anthropology or to study journalism generally? If both, then you may be limiting your study abroad time to Summer sessions. Another idea is to obtain an undergrad degree in one subject and graduate degree in the one you actually want to work in.

Maryann recommends the following next steps:

  • Really important to figure out what financial resources are available.
  • Determine whether there are restrictions on how those resources can be used
  • Think extensively about whether you want to study abroad as general education experience vs a required one
  • Consider whether you want to study both majors at same time
  • Perhaps find a former student who has studied in each or both of those fields and ask their opinion about the requirement or value of studying abroad.
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