As a student-athlete, you may think that you can’t go abroad due to your preseason training and season.
“I couldn’t imagine who I would be without this amazing passion. Playing abroad has helped my mentality and made me address stressful times with a better outlook. I’ve become an all-around better person thanks to my collegiate coaching and life abroad.”
– Excerpt from Sam Middleborn’s blog post, a college athlete who studied abroad in Europe
However, many student athletes can and do go abroad. In 2015, 75 student-athletes participated in a short- or long-term program abroad!
The question is not if but when you can go abroad. As a student-athlete, your first step is to determine when you are available to go abroad. Start by talking to your coach about the best time to study abroad or check out the schedule below. Many student-athletes elect to study abroad during the summer or participate in an Elective Abroad during one of the school breaks.
Access to Equipment
Once you have figured out when you are available to go abroad, you may want to continue to train during your time away. Please consult with your Education Abroad advisor or Electives Abroad program manager to see what options are available for you abroad. Many semester and yearlong programs have full gyms or training facilities.
Play Your Sport While Abroad
Just because you are abroad does not mean that you need to stop playing your sport. Babson has many programs where you could continue to play your sport or cross-train by picking up another athletic endeavor. While attending some of our programs abroad, you can join a local, club, or varsity team. This is a great way to connect with the local community, meet new people, and learn different techniques.
- Athletes Abroad: A place for new and veteran foreign athletes playing overseas to conveniently seek relevant information, connect, and share informative and funny stories when it comes to living overseas as a professional and foreign athlete.
- Go Overseas – How to Study Abroad as a College Athlete: Find a few tips that show that you can be a student-athlete and spend time studying abroad, soaking up new cultures.
- Go Abroad – Common Myths About Studying Abroad as a Student Athlete: This article debunks common myths that student athletes might hear like “my coach will never let me go” or “I don’t have time.”
- IES Abroad – Yes, Athletes Can Study Abroad!: Hear stories from two student-athletes who studied abroad