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Study Abroad

Explore the World Before Getting to Campus: Study Abroad Prior to Freshman Year

You’re about to graduate in a few short months. What adventures do you have planned for the summer? Did you know that you could get your college career started off early with a collegiate experience this summer?

Read on for details about how you can take part in a study abroad experience before you reach freshman move-in day this fall.

Picking a destination

South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) Pre-Freshman Seminar Study Abroad program includes two destinations to choose from—Ireland and Germany. Each comes with a distinct curriculum related to the location. If you prefer an Irish experience, it will run from July 10 to July 21, and if the German experience interests you, it will run from July 16 to July 26.

Understanding the benefits

What are the benefits of studying abroad before you’ve even begun your first year at SDSU? For starters, you experience what taking a college course is truly like, from study habits to immersive academic experiences. It is also an incredible and unique environment in Europe. It’s a chance to engage with people from different cultures and explore intriguing topics in small, active learning environments in an international location.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify global problems and the impact the program will have on their personal and professional goals
  • Describe how culture(s), profession, and personal experiences frame one's thinking
  • Develop personal and professional support networks

Earning credit

In addition to the study abroad trip itself, two credits will be incorporated into your fall breakdown through the pre-freshman seminar course.

Requirements and preparation

In order to register, you must be a recent high school graduate, have been accepted to SDSU, are planning to attend SDSU for the first time in fall 2017 and have discussed this opportunity with your academic advisor. Upon registration, make sure you’ve completed all the required paperwork for the study-abroad journey. There’s no need to buy your own plane tickets, as that is included in the program fee. The program also provides one meal per day—check out the program website for more info on what to expect while studying abroad. 

Ready to register?

If this experience sounds like one you want to be a part of, act quickly—space is limited and admittance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more about registering at sdstate.edu/prefreshmanabroad or by calling 605-688-6094.