Studying Abroad: Should You Do It?

College provides a number of opportunities to experience things you haven't seen, done, or heard before and it is generally in a student's best interest to take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to them. Take the classes you want as long as you complete those required for your major, attend concerts, and see visiting lecturers as well as performers. One of the most interesting experiences provided by a majority of colleges is the ability to study abroad for a semester or more.

If you don't know what studying abroad is, let me fill you in. Your school allows you to spend a semester taking the same classes you would at the university, but in a different part of the world. Different schools have different rules governing their study abroad programs, and it is important to familiarize yourself with them. Some will provide meal plans along with housing, while others won't but will help you find an apartment to rent . There are significant benefits to studying abroad, but it also comes with some disadvantages and is not for everyone.

Disadvantages

Studying abroad presents a number of interesting adventures for the student, but it is not without its own disadvantages. Not every student will find themselves comfortable studying abroad, so you should find out if this process is for you. If you don't like travelling, odds are that studying abroad is not for you. Another thing to consider is the semester at which you go study abroad. It is probably not advantageous for you to study abroad during the spring semester of your junior and senior years as those are the times when companies are recruiting for internships and you don't want to miss the opportunity to land yourself a good position.

Benefits

If you like travelling and have the ability to travel abroad at any time other than spring semester of your junior or senior year, do it. Every person I've talked to who has went to study abroad has not regretted it, and recommended it tremendously. Seeing other places throughout the world provides you with an insightful view of other cultures and an appreciation for global viewpoints.

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