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Stretch Your Horizons With Study Abroad In Italy

By Anne Harvester

If you are a college student, you know that it can be tough finding a job once the-college-pros13you have completed your degree program. It helps to have additional experience that you can list on your resume. One excellent way to add to the education portion of your resume is with a study abroad program, where you might choose to study abroad in Italy. Italy is just one of many wonderful European countries where you can study for a summer, semester or year, as well as take part in research projects, which will not only earn you credits that you can apply to your college degree but will also give you experiences that will help to make your resume stand out from the rest.

You might wonder how you could finance such a trip. You will want to check in with your college’s financial aid office to see if financial aid that you receive can be applied toward a Italy study abroad program. Often times, this is the case.

You will then want to go online and look at several programs based in Italy. Study abroad programs vary as to time of year available, as well as classes available, so you will want to see what is offered that will apply to your degree program at home. 

Programs vary, so it pays to check on all of the details before you sign up for any study abroad in Italy programs. Some programs are offered for English-speaking students, and this may make your transition to Italian study easier. Determining where you will stay while you study abroad in Italy is also important. Many times, accommodations are available on campus or nearby in apartments.

Least you think all of your time will be spent in the classroom, think again. You will have many opportunities in between studies to explore Italy. Study abroad programs often offer excursions off campus that allow you to see many of the sights for which this country is famous. Take a guided tour of the architecture of the famous cities, or enjoy a wine tasting and eat regional specialties while you are in this beautiful country.

One of the best aspects of study abroad in Italy programs is the multicultural nature of the setting. You will meet students and teachers from around the world, get to know them, and learn about other cultures. This is a valuable asset for resume building when you return home.

About the author:

Anne is director, student services and study abroad in Italy, for EuroLearn. Their Italy study abroad program led to her experience growing in these studies.

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Check Out Study Abroad Programs In England and Ireland

By Anne Harvester

What would it be like to study Shakespeare in the college classroom, and then after class the-college-pros3be able to go see for yourself the exact location where the Old Globe Theatre has been recently unearthed by an archeology team? Or to study poetry in class, only to go visit the Lake District on the weekends, and see for yourself the places where these great poets lived and wrote about? 

What about a class in Irish drama, followed by a trip to the Aran Islands to see the area being written about? All of this is possible when you sign up to participate in study abroad programs in England and Ireland. Study abroad in England and Ireland to experience these amazing cultures first hand, and see literary and dramatic locations found no where else in the world. All of this is also a wonderful benefit for your resume when you return home, graduate from college and start your job search. Cultural immersion is the best way to learn and experience a different country, and in a study abroad in England or Ireland program you can do this in a structured setting.

England or Ireland study abroad programs are available through several different universities and other institutions of higher learning. If your schedule only allows for a short visit, summer programs offer the perfect solution for study abroad in England or Ireland. You could study during the week, and then participate in exciting off-campus weekend activities that will take you out of the classroom and allows you to visit historic sites in England, Ireland and other countries. You can take classes in British art and architecture, the British model of healthcare, theatre, as well as courses covering the museums and galleries. 

You can expect certain features when you sign up for study abroad programs in England or Ireland. You will want to ascertain that housing is provided in your fees. You will usually be offered transportation to and from the airport when you arrive and depart. Library and computer access are provided. There is also usually some type of orientation program at the beginning of your stay, so you can learn how to navigate through it. Often, discounts on Eurorail passes are offered through the educational institution as well, so you can travel more inexpensively during your free time.

England and Ireland study abroad programs offer you the chance of a lifetime to experience firsthand two of the most amazing, culturally rich countries in the world.

About the author:

Anne is director, student services and study abroad programs in England, for EuroLearn. Their Ireland study abroad program and study abroad in England program led to her experience growing in these studies.

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Five College Recruiting Steps for the High School Senior Athlete

By Laurie Richter

College recruiting activities for senior year for every student athlete will be focused primarily on applications, visits, and financial aid. But what else you do will depend on the-college-pros4how much recruiting attention you have received. If you now have a group of schools that you’re interested in and that are expressing interest back, you can move on to the next set of activities.

But if you don’t, you will need to cycle back to the steps mentioned in my articles about junior year and tactics for contacting coaches. The majority of Division I scholarship spots are filled at this point even if the letters of intent haven’t actually been signed. Despite this, there are plenty of schools that will still need athletes to fill their rosters in partial and non-scholarship spots.

Here are five steps that need to happen during the first part of senior year:

1. Get your college applications in, the earlier the better. 

Make sure you know the application deadlines as there are some variations but the majority of applications need to be in by January 15 or February 1. You shouldn’t wait this long if you can avoid it. Many schools offer rolling admissions which means that applications are considered as they are received, and once the spots are gone, they’re gone. As an athlete with a competition season coming up, it’s great to know where you’re going sooner rather than later.

You also need to decide if you want to pursue early admissions at your top school. This will be most relevant if you don’t have a scholarship offer and you’re applying to very selective schools where early admissions may increase your chances of getting in. Also, at the Division III schools where there are no athletic scholarships and therefore no commitments, early admissions might make sense for another reason: if a coach is pursuing two athletes for a spot and one gets in via early admissions, they may stop pursuing the other one.

2. Make official and unofficial visits to any schools you’re considering but haven’t seen yet.

Official visits are paid for by Division I and Division II schools. You can take a total of 5. Unofficial visits are paid for by the student athlete and you can take as many as you want. Most Division III visits are unofficial. Do not make a decision about a school without visiting it. Liking a coach is not a good enough reason if you know nothing else about the school and keep in mind that if you sign a letter of intent and the coach that you are so fond of leaves, you are still committed to playing at that school.

These visits should all be done by the late fall if possible although this will be tough if you’re participating in a fall sport. Try to go when the team is not in season so both the coaches and players will have more time to spend with you, and you may be able to informally scrimmage with them.

Bring your parents or another responsible adult with you if possible. You will be starry eyed during these visits, you need someone else to help keep it in perspective for you.

3. Take care of the financial aid application process.

If you plan on applying for need-based financial aid (and most people do), make sure you get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form filled out and submitted on time. This will help schools figure out how much your family can contribute and how much aid you will need.

You should also check the websites of your top schools and see what kinds of merit based scholarships you can apply for. Many of these require additional applications with essays and letters of reference and they have varying deadlines. If you have decent grades and test scores, you can finance a lot of your education through these kinds of scholarships . There may also be lots of scholarships available through your local community. Check with your high school counselor as they usually have lots of information about local scholarships.

4. Here are a few things to do if you don’t have the kind of interest and offers you were hoping for.

E-mail or call coaches at schools you’re applying to. Let them know how much you’re interested, that you are applying, and that you’d like to be able to walk on. If they still have a need for someone in your position, they will let you know and you may get an 11th hour offer if they see your profile and like what they see. If they’re already full, they may agree to have you try out as a walk-on. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a scholarship that first year but you may end up being able to play where you want to.

Check for showcase types of events. Some sports have unsigned senior competitions so that coaches who still have needs can see who is still available.

Ask your high school coach and athletic director to help. They may have some contacts that know about openings that you wouldn’t know about.

5. Breathe easy and enjoy the rest of your senior year.

Once you’ve taken care of the applications, the financial aid, and the visits, you’ve done what you can. With a little luck and some good planning, you’ll have this all out of the way so you can enjoy your senior sports season without it hanging over your head. Making the final decision is a topic for another article. Hopefully, you’ll have some choices to decide between.

About the author:

I am the author of Put Me In, Coach: A Parent’s Guide to Winning  the Game of College Recruiting. Find it at http://www.RightFitPress.com, or http://www.putmeincoachbook.com. I successfully navigated recruiting with my son. The book is for athletes who want to take charge of their own recruiting.

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