I've been planning to study abroad next semester (in my junior year) for quite some time now, as I thought I was getting a return offer at a BB I worked at last summer. I was so dedicated to the idea of studying abroad that I had already paid a deposit and planned my entire semester around it. Well turns out there was a bit of a miscommunication, and I do not have an internship lined up for next summer anymore.
Which leads to a big issue - spring semester of junior year is recruiting season for BBs, consulting firms, and all kinds of financial services. Since I don't have a job next summer anymore, I feel like I should stay and go through the recruiting process. However, this is also my last opportunity to study abroad and I know what a life-changing experience it is. I've already missed the deadlines for most fast track applications since I found out very recently that I did not have the internship. I'm a junior at a target school, and I need to confirm going abroad in the next week. I'm a total loss of what to do - part of me knows that I will really regret not studying abroad especially since I only get one chance in a lifetime to do it, but part of me also knows how important it is to land a job this summer and how miserable I would feel if I don't.
There a couple of firms that allow video and phone interviews from abroad in the spring semester. However I'm worried that this would be a big disadvantage to an in-person interview.
What do you guys think? To go abroad or stay for recruiting? And have any of you landed an internship while abroad before, and is it harder?