Once you decide that you want to study abroad for a semester, next comes the sometimes daunting task of choosing where you want to study abroad and what program you want to study abroad with. Luckily there are TONS of options out there for students. But it basically breaks down to these factors:
What parts of the world interest you?
Think back to your history and geography courses. Which countries and cultures interested you the most. For me, I knew that I wanted to see different parts of Europe.
Do you want to learn a new language?
While most people in the world do speak some english, if you have no interest in learning other languages, choose a region that primarily speaks english.
Do you want to earn academic credit for specific courses, or are you looking to fulfill general course credits?
If you need certain classes to stay on track at your home college, a traditional college setting that offers those specific classes is obviously the best option. BUT if you are like me and just need credits in your major, consider doing an internship abroad or taking classes that seem fun to you.
Do you want to live in a big city or the country?
The city life is not for everyone, which do you prefer?
Do you want to attend a traditional university?
Do you want to live on campus with other students and go to class with other students or would you rather live in an apartment separate from your university, and commute to your courses/internship.
Once you figure out these factors, it should be pretty clear which program your home university offers is best for you. And remember, you can always meet with someone at your study abroad office to help work through this decision with you.