Walking around another country, experiencing their culture, eating authentic cuisine… all that while getting college credit? Who would say no to that! Here are some things to keep in mind if you are thinking about studying abroad.
Fees and living costs: make sure you plan ahead and make a budget. Contrary to popular believe all study abroad opportunities won’t leave you without a penny. There are many affordable options depending on which country and program, sometimes a semester can cost less than it would in your current university.
Independence: living on your own in a different country is different from living at home or in a dorm. All the commodities and luxuries you are used to might not be available, it can be a culture shock. None the less this will give you the opportunity to become independent, to manage your own budget, to learn basic things.
Experience a new culture: there is no better learning experience than being immersed in a new culture. You learn the language, taste their cuisine, enjoy their customs, it’s a win-win experience all around. Think about it- you don’t have to take time out of your career, you can choose to stay for as little as a few weeks or as long as a year, and you can experience the world and actually get college credit in return.
Having that said, you must plan ahead and make sure all the credits you take abroad are applicable towards your degree and think: Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Studying abroad is definitely not for everyone but it’s a great opportunity to look into.
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