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Study Abroad Third Year

Third Year

Study Abroad student sitting in ornate temple gazebo

As a third-year, things should start getting exciting. You have the freedom to focus more specifically on your chosen field of study as well as continue to pursue other areas of interest. Now is the time to start looking for opportunities to increase your leadership skills and hands-on learning that will help you stand out as an applicant. Challenge yourself by:

  • Continuing to develop your plans for studying abroad by focusing on a specific country and program, language acquisition, cultural engagements, and the relationship of the program to your academic and career interests.
  • Exploring studying and interning for a quarter in Washington DC through the UC Washington Program or in Sacramento through the UC Center Sacramento.
  • Continuing to develop campus involvements and refine your resume.
  • Scheduling an appointment with the prestigious scholarship advisor to discuss fourth-year scholarships.  Fourth-year applications require extensive work at the end of the third year and throughout the summer.
  • Identifying faculty and other key individuals to write letters of reference considering how each reference writer will portray your skills and experience relative to the aims of each scholarship.

Prestigious scholarships you can apply for:

Planning for next year:

At the end of your third year, you should be thinking about what your next steps are after you earn your degree. If you decide that graduate school is the right path for you and you're considering applying for RhodesMarshallGeorge J. MitchellFulbrightSchwarzman, Yenching, Churchill, Kanders Churchill, Gates Cambridge, you will need to begin your application at the end of the third year. Many of the fourth-year applications require extensive work and it's important to be mindful of those requirements. Once you decide which opportunity is right for you, make an appointment with the prestigious scholarship advisor to discuss your application.