Pros and Cons of Short-Term EA Programs

Considering education abroad, but don’t want to be gone for a full semester? Here’s a look into the pros and cons of short-term programs!

Bailey Babcock

Potential Pros:

  • Earn credit in a short amount of time
    • Students can earn UK credit by going on a UK faculty led program or transfer credit by going on a non-UK faculty led program. Short-term programs are the perfect way to receive three or more credit hours. Who wouldn’t want to knock out some credits while exploring a different country? Sounds like the perfect combination to me!
  • Spend break in a different country
    • Spend winter or summer break studying and experiencing a new country, and let’s not forget getting to brag about it to your friends- what could be better? Talk about a break to remember!
  • Visit tons of museums, businesses, etc.
    • Going on a UK Sponsored or Consortia program will allow you to go on exclusive tours of museums and businesses- for free! For example, I studied advertising and public relations in London over winter break and I got to visit advertising agencies such as AMV BBDO and Weber Shandwick, tour Wimbledon and the Chelsea Football Club, and go to the Museum of London, Harrods, Stonehenge and much more!
  • Spend your free time exploring the city
    • While you will more than likely have something to do for your class each day, you still have plenty of time to do all the sightseeing your heart desires, so it’s a win-win!
  • Perfect glimpse into a longer program
    • If you’re nervous to go on a semester program, a short-term program is the perfect way to see what it’s like to study abroad for a longer time! Winter programs are typically two weeks, while summer programs are typically four weeks, so they are a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture without being away from home for too long.

Potential Cons:

  • Okay, so the title is a kind of misleading because I don’t really have cons for short-term programs. I will say that if you are more independent, UK Sponsored and UK Consortia programs might not be the best option for you, because they are pretty structured. Instead, look for a UK Partner, Direct , or Exchange program. Watch out though- short-term programs will probably inspire you to set new educational and personal goals, and only make you want to study abroad again and again!

Interested in studying abroad this summer? Check out some of our featured programs!

UK Sponsored: Kinesiology and Health Promotion in England

UK Partner: Summer Nursing Program (Nutrition and Microbiology) at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

UK Sponsored: Drawing and Painting in Paris (Fine Arts)

Want to find more programs? Have questions? Stop by the Resource Center and chat with an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador!


Bailey Babcock is a sophomore studying Integrated Strategic Communication/Business. She participated in the UK Consortia program CCSA London Winter in December 2015.