Who's it for?

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series to help U.S. high school students prepare for applying to colleges abroad in places like the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more. You'll learn the reasons to consider applying for college abroad, how the student experience at universities overseas is both similar and different to the U.S. college experience (academically and socially), teaching styles and grading abroad, housing and the types of degrees and institutions overseas you may want to consider. You'll also get to know a few examples of universities abroad and what they offer, hearing directly from the admissions representatives themselves. Finally, you'll receive suggestions for the next steps in the application process to keep you going on this exciting journey.

What will I learn?

  • Learn why you should apply abroad

    You'll hear about the very tangible benefits you'll gain from doing your entire degree overseas (personal, professional and financial) versus just doing a semester abroad.

  • Understand the differences in the student experience at college abroad vs. in the U.S.

    Possibly the most important part! Hear what it's like to do your degree overseas and see if it sounds like something for you before investing more time and money in the process.

  • See the different types of universities and degrees abroad

    There are many different types of institutions and degrees overseas. This section will help you focus in on the types of colleges overseas that may be best for you.

What's included?

  • 1

    G'day & Welcome!

    • Meet Sara

    • Survey: Your Application Process

  • 2

    What Do You Know?

    • Quiz: College Abroad

  • 3

    Why Apply Abroad?

    • Case Study: Ashley's Story & Advice

    • Cost of Attendance

    • Curriculum & Degree

    • The Admissions Process

    • Career Prospects

    • On Comfort Zones...

  • 4

    Types of Universities Abroad

    • Public vs. Private Universities

    • American Universities Abroad

    • Case Study: American University of Paris

    • Liberal Arts Programs

  • 5

    Types of Degrees Abroad

    • Joint Degrees

    • Double/Dual Degrees

    • Triple Degrees

    • Combined Degrees

  • 6

    The Student Experience: College in the U.S. versus Overseas

    • Degree Structure

    • Teaching Style

    • Grading

    • Social Scene

    • Housing Abroad

    • Visas, Health Insurance, etc.

    • Case Study: New Zealand

  • 7

    Beyond the Classroom

    • Study Abroad

    • Sandwich Years

    • Case Study: University of Surrey's Placement Year

  • 8

    Test Your Knowledge

    • Quiz: What Did You Learn?

  • 9

    What Now? Next Steps

    • What You Learned & Where to Go from Here

    • Exercise: Interest & Activities Inventory

  • 10


    • Resources

  • 11


    • Feedback Survey

Meet Sara

Founder of College Apps Abroad and the Course Instructor

Sara Cavalieri

G'day! My name is Sara, and I'm the founder of College Apps Abroad. I'm a San Diego based educational consultant, specializing in helping students apply for college and grad school outside of the U.S. I have more than 10 years of experience working in international recruitment and admissions for some of the world's top institutions in the UK and Australia, and I studied and lived overseas myself in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Brazil for almost a decade. With a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and Master of Education from the University of New South Wales, I've also helped hundreds of students across North and South America apply for some of the world's top institutions. As you can see, I’m passionate about international education, and I look forward to helping you on your journey, too!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm not from the U.S., but I'm interested in applying for college overseas. Can I still enroll in this course?

    You can! If you're considering applying anywhere outside the U.S., such as the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and beyond, much of the information will still apply (though it is primarily American-student focused). However, I'm currently only taking on clients for my personalized services who are from the U.S. or Canada.

  • Does this course include information about admissions?

    I touch on college admissions overseas briefly in this course as one reason to consider applying; however, Part 2 of the series is all about admissions abroad on a deeper level.

  • Can I enroll in just one of the four parts of these courses?

    Certainly. The courses are designed for you to learn the information you need when you need it; however, for someone just starting out, I do highly recommend to go in order so you have the complete picture and know exactly what you're getting into!

  • How long will I have access to the course and materials?

    You'll have access for a 2-year period, but if you do need more time, feel free to reach out.