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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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Maryann’s Answer


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.

George’s Answer


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.