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International Students

Even though it may feel like you just arrived, you may want to consider a study abroad program to enhance your academic plan. Lots of international students do! Here are some things to consider.

  • What effect will my citizenship status have on my ability to travel?
  • How does my host country perceive and treat individuals from my home country? How might that be different from how I am perceived/treated in the U.S.?
  • What kind of stereotypes exist there?
  • What are the cultural norms in the host country?
  • Will I experience any form of discrimination?
  • Are there additional funding sources I can look into?
  • Will there be other international students on my program, mostly local students, or mostly U.S. students on my program?
  • How can I make sure I am maintaining my U.S. visa status while pursuing an international experience?
  • After my international experience, what documents do I need to re-enter the U.S.?
  • How might an international experience affect my ability to apply for OPT, CPT, or Academic Training?
  • What will the travel logistics be like coming from my home country?

We encourage you to meet with MassArt's Study Abroad Advisor to discuss the topics in this resource guide, make your study abroad plan, and discuss your U.S. visa status during student abroad.

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