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5 Reasons To Study Abroad

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One of the most unique opportunities offered by colleges these days are the various study abroad programs. There are so many different options when choosing to study abroad. If your school doesn’t offer it directly, there are tons of organizations that offer abroad education. If you’re looking to get school credit, you could always just ask your college for approval if it is not associated with them. However, studying abroad is a valuable experience even if you don’t receive college credit.

Here are the top 5 reasons I believe you should study abroad before you graduate:

1. Learn More About Other Cultures

I’m going to Spain next month to study abroad, and for the past six months I’ve been doing research about the country and I have learned so many things I never knew. I already feel more educated not only about Spain, but of Europe. When I go, I’ll be able to experience their way of life, their culture, and the way that their public relations firms are ran. Whatever field you’re studying, studying abroad can expand your knowledge and allow you to gain valuable skills that will impress future job interviewers.

2. Get A Leg Up On The Competition

Even though there are various programs throughout the world, less than 10% of undergraduate students study abroad. No matter what field you are in, going abroad will definitely set you apart from the rest.

3. Its Cheaper Than To Travel On Your Own

One of the main reasons students don’t opt to do a semester or a year overseas is because they fear the cost of the program will be too high. With most schools, mine included, there are a ton of scholarships offered specifically for abroad education. You can also apply for financial aid to help bring down the cost. Most programs will have package deals that the school sets up, so your overall trip is dramatically cheaper than if you were to travel on your own time. If traveling is an interest of yours, definitely do it this way as a student while you can.

4. You Create Strong Bonds With The Other Students

You’re normally with a group of about 15 to 30 people, depending on your program. I’ll be travelling with 25. The experiences you’ll create with these people will turn into great memories that’ll last forever because you will be learning and exploring together. I haven’t even left yet and I’ve already become so close with the girl I’ll be rooming with while we’re there. This has helped me a lot since this is my first year at a new school too!

5. It Makes Summer School Seem Not So Bad

I feel like I am so lucky because not only am I getting to take two classes that I need to graduate, but I also get to go to Europe for my first time. I’ve always taken summer school, but it is honestly difficult to get through. My friends that take trips, and make plans for all summer, definitely leave me jealous, but now, I’m able to have a great vacation and get the credits I need this summer!

Whether you’re at a school that has study abroad programs or not, there are hundreds of programs throughout the world that allow students to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity. You can broaden your perspective on culture, lifestyles, and field of study. I encourage you to at least look into a few programs and start daydreaming about where you’d want to go. Remember, don’t get discouraged about cost because sometimes your school can help!

Leave a comment if you have traveled abroad or are planning to. Where did you, or are planning to, go? Share your experience with us!

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International Internships

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If you’re in a position to do so, consider an international internship. Often times, your financial aid will contribute toward the costs, and what isn’t covered a scholarship can help with. As gointernabroad.com says, “The value of an international internship is best described as a “whole-person development” opportunity because of the growth you will experience both professionally and personally.” Interning abroad says you aren’t afraid to put yourself out there, literally. Curious yet? Check out the websites below!

Internship Websites:

1. International Internships

International Internships is an internship placement company. Find an internship by location, by field, or by the date of deadline. There’s a helpful menu on the side, listing costs, available scholarships, and more.

2. Go Abroad

List which country you’d like to go to, the type of internship you’re looking for, and scroll through their directory!

3. AIESEC

The world’s largest student-run organization is another great resource for international internships.

Preparation Steps:

1. Research

Read up on the country you’ll be living in. Check out any intern groups that might already be present in the city you choose. See if there are weekly meetings where you can chat and exchange experiences. Facebook would be a great place to check for this.

2. Learn the Culture

Try to pick up a little bit of the language, see if your family has any long lost relatives there. The more you familiarize yourself with where you’re going, the less scary it will seem.

3. Passport Ready

Get your passport, if you don’t already have it. If you do, check the expiration date.

4. Paperwork

Read over any paperwork you have if you go through a placement agency. Make sure you have the required shots and healthcare for going overseas.

5. Verify

While placement programs have many perks, remember to check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints the company may have.

 

Internships are a great experience, as is studying abroad. Doing both at the same time is an even more amazing experience that will help you learn so much! Just make sure you are ready before you go and to enjoy the experience!

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Fun, Fright, Growing up, and Making Mistakes: Top Five Reasons to Study Abroad

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By guest blogger Noella Schink
Noella is a travel writer from Portland, Maine. She received a BS in Geology from Skidmore College in 2006. Studying abroad in Auckland, New Zealand was definiteling the highlight of her education (and life!). Nowadays you’ll find her on the beach with her husband and two shih-tzus or glued to the computer, plotting her next journey abroad.

Immersion
Travel is undoubtedly precious, no matter how long the journey. What makes studying abroad special, though, is the opportunity to really live somewhere new. It’s rare chance to fully immerse yourself in the local culture, learn the language, eat authentic food, and befriend people from another country in a meaningful way. A semester is a long time to get acquainted with a place!

Noella duneboarding in New Zealand with her new friends. Photo by Noella Delaney.

Travel
Once you are settled into your apartment and signed up for your classes, you’ll be itching to take advantage of your new global coordinates. If you are in Europe, you’ll see how easy it is to get around by train to see all of the highlights, from the Eiffel Tower to Pompeii. If you study abroad down under, it’s just a hop across the pond to see Fiji, or the Great Barrier Reef. Many study abroad programs actually include trips for student, so take advantage if you can. I was lucky enough to spend a week in Tonga when I studied in New Zealand!

Cooking
What may surprise you about university students abroad is that there are few who live on campus in traditional “dorms.” You’ll most likely live in an apartment. This can be an eye opener for students who have always had the dining hall to cater to their every whim. You’ll either grow up and figure it out, or get very comfortable with nachos and PB&J! It’s new responsibility. You’ll learn that if you burn your popcorn in the microwave and trip the fire alarm, it’s your neck on the line.

Best Friends
I know how clichéd this sounds, but it is true; the friends you make abroad will endure forever, while your usual college crew will most likely go their separate ways after graduation. Bonding over your world experience will never get old. For years to come you’ll meet up to reminisce about the crazy road trip before you knew how to navigate roundabouts, that time you slept on a beach or accidentally snuck into a museum together. Added bonus: you’ll have connections all over the world.

Letting Go
This is possibly the most important aspect of studying abroad. Are you really going to Barcelona to study hard? If you stay in on a Saturday night for schoolwork while your friends take the train to Portugal, you are doing it wrong! Confirm that hotel booking in Lisbon – you have to spread those proverbial wings and explore! Studying abroad is a melee of fun, fright, intimidation, growing up, making mistakes and absolutely getting messy.

If you have the opportunity, take it! No matter where you venture, you’ll return a seasoned, worldly, badass senior who can handle anything!

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