Is it a good idea to go to a semster abroad?

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  1. Bear-

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    I'm Considering going on a semester abroad to Island School, but I'm completely split on whether or not to go. Would a school like this be viewed positively by USNA. The School focuses on marine biology and trains all students to run a half-marathon or do a 4-mile swim, and is sponsored by my school. It is very a strong school academically, but still not as strong academically as my current school. Any ideas would be great.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Is this the Island School in the Bahamas?
     
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    I would go for the academics over the physical. There are lots of ways to improve oneself physically without spending a semester abroad to do so. If you're already in good physical shape, that's another reason to stick with your current school.
     
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    I agree with usna1985.

    Somehow, attending the Island School seems like a doctor going to medical school in Grenada. :)
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Island School used to be run by an ex Navy SEAL.

    I was at a camp near the Island School, used to use some of their facilities.
     
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    BUMP on an old thread

    I know of a 3C Engineering major who is off to a pretty good start academically. Mid is considering a STEM semester abroad. From little I have read, the semester abroad in the past was language focused, but now there is a STEM option. Irregardless if STEM option is new or not, can anyone speak to the advantages/disadvantages of a STEM semester abroad for a Mid in general, and an Engineering Major in particular?

    Wondering if there are any current 2C and/or 3C looking into this option. Maybe this is something DS would be interested in...

    Thx,

    bandad
     
  8. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    There's an instruction/reference for everything: http://www.usna.edu/Academics/_file...0.2B_Semester_Study_Abroad_Program_Guidelines

    A majority of participants in semester abroad are Group 3 language majors/minors, but it is actually not that large of a majority.

    STEM Semester Abroad exists specifically to allow Group 1 and Group 2 majors to be able to study abroad. The program does not require prior knowledge of any language; this also allows midshipmen to study abroad in countries with languages not taught at USNA (Korea, Turkey, Israel, etc.).

    Validation and/or summer school will be necessary. USNA prefers midshipmen to be at least 9-12 credits ahead of their matrix, and the semester immediately before or after may be overloaded. The most difficult requirement is the amount of validation; essentially, eligibility for semester abroad was decided on day two of Plebe Summer during those validation exams.

    2016 and 2017 have already been sent instructions about the application process.
     

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