Study abroad can be of any length, and with proper advanced planning, will not interfere with graduation goals. Students can study abroad for one week (spring break), one month (Maymester), a summer, a semester or an entire academic year. Students often start out with a shorter experience for their first time abroad, then move on to a longer experience later. Command of a foreign language is not required; many programs are offered in English. Depending on the type of program, financial aid and scholarships are often available. Many semester programs abroad cost the same or less than a student would spend studying in residence at Purdue. Study abroad is one way students can satisfy the nine-credit international understanding requirement. Students considering a study abroad experience should consult with their advisor early in their program of study.