Here at Abroad101, we know not everyone was born quoting Shakespeare or hanging out with gorillas (we still love you, Jane Goodall). So, although sometimes rumors fly that only arts and humanities students go abroad, we tend to want to drop some knowledge and say: EVERYONE CAN GO ABROAD, no matter what their major!
Yes, we’re talking to you biochemical engineer in-the-making, and yes, you as well, accountant-to-be. In fact, we’re so confident in our own ability to match every type of student with a program, that we’ve got great program ideas for what some people may think are the most un-study-abroad-ish majors out there! Take a look at what we’ve found for all of us who love numbers, neurons and nodes!
Of course you’ll need to check with your advisor and make sure everything will transfer, but below are some excellent options to present during that conversation!
ProWorld has always done a bang-up job of combining academic experience with international service-learning. The Hands on Healthcare programs occurring in Belize, Peru and Thailand provide a great outlet for health/science majors. These programs cater to student nurses or others in the health field wanting to get real-world experience working at local clinics, learning medical terminology in the host language and providing health education to rural populations. Students have interactions with professionals and patients on topics like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, water filtration, gardening, general healthy living and construction of health facilities and clean-burning stoves.
Math/Accounting Majors: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Finally, a study abroad program where everyone knows that a matrix isn’t just something from a movie! The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics provide an English-taught curriculum from the perspective of Hungarian academics and offer courses detailing revelations in the field as well as math uniquely popular in Hungary. Aside from courses, students get to live in an apartment or homestay and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the “Little Paris on the Danube River”. Don’t forget, you can also learn Hungarian if you’d like!
Engineering Majors: IES Abroad – Madrid Engineering Program
Want to be an engineer? Muy bueno! Catch a flight to Madrid for IES Abroad’s program
at Universidad Carlos III, where all of your aerospace, biomedical, informatics, telecom and industrial dreams come true. Come on, who doesn’t want to complete their work on cogeneration and OSHA regulations while sitting in the Puerta del Sol eating tapas? There are also ample opportunities to visit neighboring areas like Valencia and Toledo. You’ll learn Spanish along the way with an array of language levels for students!
Computer Science Majors: Budapest – AIT
Looks like the small, Central European city is an international hot spot for numbers and tech! Signing up for the study abroad program, at the Acquincum Institute of Technology in Budapest allows computer science and software engineering students the chance to experience some of the most innovative things going on in the field (the school just launched in 2007). Take classes in computational bio, entrepreneurship and even design with Ernő Rubik (Ring a bell? Yeah, he invented the Rubix Cube). The campus is located in the historic Obuda neighborhood, and has its finger on the pulse of Budapest’s burgeoning urban culture and music scene.
Well, there you have it! These are just the beginnings of options for students to go abroad. Lots of colleges and universities even operate their own programs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors, so be sure to check with your study abroad office too!
See? Now you have no excuse. Get out there! Go explore! Go abroad!