A full year abroad can be a life-changing experience, whether or not it was the original plan. Mackenzie Edgemon, a junior psychology major at UC Davies, spent a year at Brighton University in England after extending her initial semester stay. Edgemon only regretted taking the amount of time she had for granted, saying that a year went by so much faster than she could have anticipated.
Ultimately, the choice will come down to what fits into your family’s budget, how much time you can spend away with the rest of the requirements you have left, and what other commitments you would have to leave behind. Talk to your advisor about how credits will transfer towards your major or minor, and talk to your parents about the cost of a summer program in addition to your regular tuition, or the substitution of an abroad semester’s tuition for what your University normally costs.