Choosing a Program
Identifying your goals can help you choose a program that fits your needs. Reflect on what you hope to get our of your program, and consider the following factors.
BudgetCreate a budget, and talk with advisors to accurately estimate how much a program will cost and determine what is feasible for you financially. You can meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss what aid will be available to you. Be aware that semester-length programs are almost always more cost-effective than summer or break programs, because you aren't adding the cost of an additional term to what you're already paying at VCU - you're just replacing the cost of a semester at VCU with a semester abroad!
LocationWhat country or region are you interested in, and is there a program there that fits your needs?
Do you prefer a small town, or are you interested in experiencing a large city? Or are you looking for something more like Richmond?
Remember that just like in the U.S., the cost of living can vary greatly from city to city. A program in London may have a comparable rate for tuition to VCU, but the cost of living will be much higher than in Richmond. More off-the-beaten-track locations in the U.K., such as Bristol or Plymouth, are more affordable.