As a nontraditional student you are faced with unique challenges when it comes to study abroad. You may not be able to leave for a semester-long program, you may need to make arrangements for other family members, etc. The resources listed here will inspire you to consider study abroad and help you to prepare once you've decided to apply.
Making friends with those who have grown up in a different culture is one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad. You can alleviate potential misunderstandings by learning in advance as much as you can about the culture where you'll be living. Please feel at ease to discuss your questions and concerns about this or any other issue with any of the Office for International Study staff members.
How to Prepare
Begin researching now by looking at the resources below; exploring Smith College program offerings; talking with the staff in the Office for International Study and program alumnae; and continuing to learn while you are abroad by talking with your new friends.
No Age Limit for Study Abroad: article about a 29-year-old woman's study abroad experience in France.
Study Abroad Programs: A Mirror for Adult Learning and Perspective Transformation: a study that examines qualitatively how study abroad programs in Third-World countries provide a means of fostering perspective transformation in adult learners.
Widowed Mother of Two Studies Abroad: an article about a non-traditional student who studies in Florence, Italy, for a semester.
Recommended Books & Articles
"An Older, More Diverse Group of American Students is Expected to Participate in Study-Abroad Programs." Desruisseaux. 1992, Nov 25. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Study Abroad: An Opportunity for Adult and Continuing Education Students to Study in the Hispanic World." 1997, April. Sejut, M.P (Doctoral dissertation, The Union Institute, 1996). Dissertation Abstracts International.
"The Experiential Course: An Alternative to Study Abroad for Nontraditional Students." 1997, Foreign Language Annals. Long, D.