Quick Guide to Understanding Exchange vs. Study Abroad Programs
Exchange Programs: Pros
- If you are looking for an immersion program, especially in non-English speaking countries, this is the best option.
- Charged Truman tuition fees
Exchange Programs: Cons
- Very competitive.
- Must apply early.
- For some programs the language of instruction is the language of the host country, therefore your level in the foreign language must be above third-year college level in that language.
Study Abroad Programs: Pros
- With a few exceptions, study abroad programs can accommodate all qualified students applying to a given program.
- Most programs in non-English speaking countries are accessible to the students regardless of their level in the language of the country.
Study Abroad Programs: Cons
- All students on these programs – with a few exceptions – are U.S. or international students.
- Cost is based on the cost at the host institution which is, in most cases, more expensive than at Truman.