It's a decision that every college student has to make, and a particularly tough one at that. Where am I going to study? Some students choose universities that are close to home, others choose to travel a fair distance, but only the brave choose to leave the country in pursuit of their education. There are stigmas attached to studying in another country. Parents worry that the cost is going to be too high. The student worries that they are going to have issues adapting to their new environment, or that they might get homesick after a while. While both of these assumptions are partially true, they don't really tell the entire story. Of course, you ARE going to get homesick. At some point, you are going to wish you were back home in your old bedroom, talking to your buddies on the phone. However, this is going to be a fact of college life whether you decide to attend Harvard, Cambridge, or that little community college down the street. College is work, and work isn't always fun. You'll also notice that there aren't as many scholarship opportunities for students that choose to study overseas. Most of the time, you are going to have to pay your own way through. However, you aren't guaranteed a scholarship at a university in your home country, and you can still tap into available student loans. There are ways to make it work.
What is truly disturbing is how few of the American population has any understanding regarding foreign countries. There is honestly no wonder that tolerance is at an all time low. Statistics show that less than 10 percent of American undergraduates will study abroad for any length of time before graduating. When you consider a statement made by the Institute of International Education: "Every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad." the numbers are truly shocking. That's why, I want to share with you today, a list that I believe sums up the international study experience. There are many benefits to studying abroad, we could probably name a 100 or more if we really took our time, but for now, the top 10 should suffice.
"Around here, we don't look backwards for very long...we keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney