I'm a freshman at UT Arlington (Physics Major) and I'm wondering if I go abroad for a year or not. A guy told me that if I want to go my sophomore year, I should apply this year. However, the downside that I can possible think of is the connection that I'd make with the professors, here at UTA. If I go abroad, while I may get facilities at another university, I may not be able to get substantial long term research experience. So, am I thinking correctly? Should I go for study abroad?