The pros and cons of study abroad

College is the time to spread your wings, experience new things and explore the world, right? One way that countless college students have done all that and more is through a study abroad experience (yours truly included!).

Are you considering a study abroad program? (Credit: Odyssey)

Are you considering a study abroad program? (Credit: Odyssey)

If you are considering studying overseas, you will hear a lot about the personal growth you will achieve, as well as the academic experience. Here are the things you need to know—pros and cons—to ensure that you make the most of your time outside the U.S. of A. Read more

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College is a whole new world with a ton of new people! So it can be a little intimidating meeting people and trying to make friends. The thing to remember is that you are not alone! Everyone else is trying to make friends just like you!

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Why college students should keep a journal while studying abroad

Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)

Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)

Ready for your semester away, and prepared for traveling abroad? In Ginny Gaylor’s January 10, 2014 post on Cengage Brain, she offered “Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in,” so you know some of the dos and don’ts of foreign study. While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep track of your experiences by writing a travel blog or diary. You may not expect to go into travel journalism after college, but there are plenty of reasons why you should keep a journal. Read on for some tips on recording your study abroad experience and some travel journal apps that will help you on the go.

Keeping a travel journal

Journaling may be a requirement of your study abroad program. It might be part of your grade. Or it may just be a way to keep memories of your experience for posterity. Lynn Hausman, a peer mentor for Academic Programs International (API), wrote her laments about not keeping a better journal during her time in Seville, Spain. In “Study abroad reflections – why you should keep a journal abroad,” posted on the API Blog March 1, 2011, Hausman wrote of her earnest intentions to record everything, and the way her efforts dropped off in her experience. Read more

Packing tips if you are studying abroad

packing for a tripA semester or year abroad can be some pretty exciting stuff—new places, new faces and a chance to explore the world. But then you have to start thinking about what to take with you. Studying abroad should be about new experiences and learning new things, not about lugging everything you own along for the ride. Read on for some packing tips on what to take and what to leave behind. Read more

Top study abroad destinations: Where to go and what not to do

Study abroadOne of the things I was looking forward to most in college was studying abroad. I had heard about it in high school and knew that if I spent a little extra time working, applied for scholarships and took out a few extra loans, I’d too, be able to travel to a new country to study. It really is one of the great things about college. Here are some top study abroad destinations, some destinations to avoid and also some tips on what not to do while abroad. Read more

Why study abroad: Save money on international programs and graduate on time

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According to a recent report published by the Institute of International Education, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, however, overall numbers show that only 14 percent of college students as a whole participate in a study abroad program. In addition, findings show that the majority of students who choose to study abroad head to a European country, and male students are much less likely to take the study abroad leap. The study abroad sphere is widening though, and for those who are looking to take part, there is no time like the present to cash in on some good deals. Read more

International education: Tips and benefits of studying abroad

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to expand your horizons and study in a different country. You’re ready to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn (non)traditional customs, speak a different language, and understand a totally new way of life. Not only is this an opportunity for you to become a world traveler, this is also a time for you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience another part of the world. But, before you embark on your international education, consider these tips — and get the most benefits of studying abroad. Read more

Jobs and internships: The benefits studying abroad may have on your career

We’ve all heard that the job market is difficult these days, and it will take something special to set your application apart from the others. What better way to show you’re capable of being thrown into unfamiliar situations and thriving than by signing up to study abroad in a foreign country?

It may sound scary or expensive, but if you consider everything you’ll gain from spending a semester abroad in Barcelona, as opposed to sticking around that boring college town you’re in now, you may earn a better chance at scoring offers for jobs and internships upon graduating. Read more

Study abroad expenses: Budget and finances for the college student

If you’re considering spending a semester studying abroad, you’ll want to be sure you’ve budgeted all necessary expenses for the most enjoyable trip possible. Costs such as tuition, room and board, meal plans, insurance, travel expenses and entertainment should all be considered when budgeting your semester abroad.

You certainly don’t want to find yourself sitting alone in your flat while everyone else is having a beach vacation weekend because you didn’t consider the costs of traveling into your budget. Being prepared is the first step! Read more