DEI Abroad Resources

Adult Students Abroad

Adult students or students pursuing a continuing education are outside the typical college age of 18 to 22 years old. Sometimes, the age difference can cause adult students to feel isolated from others. As a non-traditional student, you may have unique challenges to work through as you prepare for your time abroad. Will you need to ask for a short leave of absence from your job? Do you need to find a sitter for your cat or dog? Do you want to bring your spouse or child (or both!) along with you? With a bit of planning, flexibility and coordination, you can identify options. Nevertheless, studying abroad is still a valuable experience for you, especially if you have never had the opportunity to live or go abroad before.

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  • Look into short term programs if you cannot afford to spend an extended period of time away from your family and can’t take too much time off work.
  • Remember not to isolate yourself from the rest of the group, get to know the others and let them get to know you.

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