You will need to have at least sophomore standing (a minimum of 30 completed college level credits) for most exchanges and study abroad programs. These credits must be earned on a university campus, not through Advanced Placement high school programs. Adjusting to college is difficult enough in the United States. You have a better chance of success overseas if you have experience on an American campus first.
You cannot have any academic, financial, or disciplinary HOLDs on your record when we complete the processing of your paperwork during the term you are enrolled in GS251. Registration into the Studies Abroad CRN is contingent on you having a clean record. All HOLDS must be cleared before we can register you into the appropriate CRN for your overseas experience. If you are not clear to go when applications are processed, you must wait until the next term to participate. If you still have a HOLD when GS251 is over, you will be dropped from the class with a "W" and you must re-enroll in GS251 the next term.
Do you have the prerequisites completed that will make this experience successful? There's no sense taking courses in a foreign country if you don't understand the basic concepts they are referring to. Most international universities do not offer lower level courses to get you up to speed. They expect you to have this academic background in core classes BEFORE you get there. Taking the appropriate introductory courses at FLC will prepare you for the more advanced courses abroad. Read course descriptions carefully and plan your semesters at FLC prior to departure carefully.
Are you aware that all academic systems and teaching methodologies are not alike? In general, students in Europe and elsewhere in the world are expected to be much more independent and more actively involved in their own learning process and education than in the U.S. The bulk of the learning is expected to happen "outside" the classroom through reading, research and writing - and this is not necessarily work that is assigned, collected or graded.
The class lectures are designed to give you the framework necessary to explore the subject on your own. There are few of the mechanisms we Americans are used to that "make" students do the work. (i.e. required class attendance, quizzes, daily homework assignments). The professor or faculty member is not expected to make you learn.
The assumption is that you are there by free choice and that you will do whatever is necessary to learn the required information. Lectures are merely the "framework" necessary to explore the subject further. Your semester or year grade may be based entirely on one comprehensive exam with oral and written components, or one final paper. Are you ready for this?