Attending college is a lot of work, but when you study abroad, your time in between classes gets enriched with first-time experiences that many people don’t get to have. Like anything else, there are pros and cons to studying abroad, but the benefits far outweigh any downfalls. Take a look at some of the reasons you should study out of the country.
One of the main reasons you should study abroad is you get the ability to travel. If you haven’t left home before, that could be very appealing to you. International studies give you the opportunity to visit the world without risking your education.
Depending on where you live in the world, education gets taught on different levels. When you study abroad, you get to receive college credits just like a local would. For example: If you have an interest in French or Spanish studies; you could study in France or Spain and get an education from the programs, and the culture of the country.
Many times when you study internationally, you stay with a family that’s known as a “host.” Through your hosting family, other locals, and the programs you are studying, you get to experience the culture of the country you’re studying in. The excursions are eye-opening, and you find that even with language barriers, people are people and there is always a way to communicate.
Deciding to study internationally is a tough one because traveling to another country alone is scary. However, the experience lets you learn a lot about yourself, teaches you how to stand on your own two feet and become more independent than you realize you are capable of.
Throughout your studies, you meet many other students who are also studying abroad, and that creates common interests. You get to know these students by living with them, talking to them, studying with them, and sharing the experience with them. You make lifelong friends with people from all over the world regardless of any differences that you might have.
Being able to say that you are bi-lingual is an impressive qualification and one that prompts many students to look into international educations. There is no better way to learn another language than to immerse yourself in it. At first, it is intimidating and overwhelming, but after a month in the country of your choice, you could be speaking another language fluently. That is especially true if you have a non-English speaking professor in your program.
Many resources are available to you if you want to investigate traveling the world for education. The school that you attend now undoubtedly has international studies programs that are available to you, and the guidance counselor can provide you with information. Alternatively, you could also look into being a host for an international student. You could learn more about the experience from someone who has done it before deciding to dive in yourself.
Have you studied abroad? If so, what was the experience like for you?