This list points out the pros and cons of short term study abroad programs. It might be helpful if you check out the pros and cons list for full study abroad programs, too. This way, you can see how they compare.
In some countries, the summer or winter breaks are pretty long. This is convenient for the first year to settle in and find new friends. However, how cool would it be to spend your summer abroad? Going on a short term program is a great way to use your breaks for travel and education at the same time.
The majority of programs are not selective, and the spots are served on a first-come, first-serve basis. Also, the application is super easy and fast. To get into a winter program at Korea University, all it took was to send a passport copy, transcript, and insurance confirmation via email. At first, I couldn’t believe it since KU is one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea and among the best universities in Asia. But it turned out that this is the way short term programs work. For the last on-campus summer school before the pandemic, even Harvard filled their spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Of course, there are more reasons for and against short term programs. However, this list of pros and cons of short term study abroad programs is based on my personal experience and gives you a first impression.