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Why Should I Study Abroad?

Updated on May 6, 2012

Tapas and Accommodations in Madrid, Spain

Sneaky Peppers, not all of them have a kick, but those that do-watch out!
Sneaky Peppers, not all of them have a kick, but those that do-watch out!
Simple accommodations are the norm. Clean and comfortable and usually a bit smaller than what we have in the U.S.
Simple accommodations are the norm. Clean and comfortable and usually a bit smaller than what we have in the U.S.

Ten Reasons to Study Abroad or Travel Internationally


1) The food is usually quite good.

2) The architecture, art, and music can be amazing!

3) You learn your own limitations—whether they are linguistic (¿se habla español?), geographic (map skills anyone?), culinary (oops, was that intestines I just ate?), missing home….

4) You appreciate absolutely everything-especially clean water, toilet paper, and a bed!

5) Your mind expands in a way that allows for inner growth.

6) You become more aware of your surroundings –physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

7) You realize that just by having the option to travel sets you up as a privileged individual in a world where some never have this opportunity.

8) When you come home, you realize that you should be more appreciative of difference—because it allows you to choose amongst many options for a life that is truly yours.

9) You make friends!

10) You know who you are when you come back—and you are not the same person as when you left.

Enjoy yourself--strolling or people watching

Price is a Factor in Studying Abroad

Would you study abroad if the cost wasn't prohibitive?

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Bilinguals or Multi-Linguals: Where are they?

How many languages are spoken in the United States of America today?

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One More Reason to Study Abroad to Gain Language Proficiency

First of all, the ability to speak more than one language will make you more marketable than someone who is monolingual and mono-cultural.

  • Individuals with a Language Major find work in the fields of education, government, criminal justice, health-care, communications, business, law, and journalism.
  • Specific professions include: Marketing or International Trade Specialist, Interpreter, Translator, Passport Examiner, Social Worker, Hotel Manager, Nurse, Doctor, Journalist, Teacher, and the Foreign Service.
  • Nowadays, it is vital to give yourself as many advantages as possible; studying another language is one of the best ways to ascertain a future that is full of opportunity! Not only does knowing a language help to get that interview which opens the door, rather being multilingual brings success that lasts throughout one’s entire lifetime.

Finally, as a nation we need to underline the importance of studying languages and developing cultural competencies for our students to engage as global citizens. We are no longer living in a world that is centralized around the USA; rather other nations are growing their economies while we are lagging behind. One way to counteract this trend is through changing our expectations to include a much higher rate of language proficiency (or proficiencies) and a broader understanding of the cultures both inside and outside of our own borders. A point of fact, many of today’s undergraduates will be interviewing via Skype and competing with students who are multilingual from other nations for their first job. This competition will only grow and become fiercer as technology creates opportunities for people to work for a U.S. company while residing absolutely anywhere around the globe.

Seize the day! For all the above reasons, study languages, travel and/or live abroad, you will never regret it. Indeed, many years after you return home, the skills you will have gained will bring you many opportunities, resulting in a full, rich, dynamic life.

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      jivera 5 years ago

      Very inspiring!!!!

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Thank you! I hope many others will find it inspiring as well. Thanks for stopping by and writing a comment.

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      Lamar Johns 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Unfortunately, I've passed up a few opportunities to study abroad when I was in school. I regret them dearly because I've known that I was going to lose that big perspective and chance of interacting with others.

      You're right! Studying abroad is so benificial to your future. Whenever I go back to finish up school I will definitely consider this.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Definitely study abroad Lamar. It will open up doors that will stay open for a lifetime. Travel is also a key to learning one's limitations and it's fun too. Thanks for commenting.

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      Sameer Anand 5 years ago from Pilani (India)

      You put it quite right yogini. The prime benefits of studying abroad is experience of new cultures and people, the lifestyle contrasts and obviously good and new food.

      But unfortunately due to practical restrictions lot of people usually aren't able to do it!

      But still a final choice of international travelling is still there, right? Do it once you finish studying!

      Nice hub! Voted UP!

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I agree that there are some restrictions, mainly financial. However, perhaps as we get more global as a planet, we could advocate for study abroad as central to each country's curriculum. Wouldn't that be a great idea? I appreciate the visit!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Thank you for your article, I enjoyed it. And yes, I would love to study abroad, but can't afford it. I would love to go to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy and also to the United Kingdom!

      By the way, thank you for following my hubs!

      Helen

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      @oceansider--thank you for your comment and for following me as well! This is a good year to go to Europe because the dollar is the strongest it's been in a couple of years. Maybe you can squeeze in a short visit--out of your choices, I would suggest you go to Spain first. It is very different from the USA and if you like nightlife there is no where better! Take care!

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      Janis Goad 5 years ago

      You make such good points here, Yoginijoy--cultural competencies for a global world, and the transformation of self to allow for inner growth are the most important in my view. If students missed the chance to study abroad, they can look for ways to work abroad, too. If you speak English, you can travel and teach English; if you have a profession there are opportunities for volunteer or paid exchanges in many parts of the world where people really need your knowledge and skills.

      Once we understand that fear is not real and there is nothing to lose in embracing change, we see that "school" is life, and we never graduate from that.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Very wise comment Janis. You are so right in calling life our school. We need to have less fear of each other and that comes with travel, study and visiting to get to realize we are all one. Take care! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      marie17183 5 years ago

      When I went to University the one thing that I knew I wanted to do was have the opportunity to study abroad. There are very few Universities in the UK that offer study abroad as part of their degree. I spent six wonderful months at the University of Texas, San Antonio; and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      @marie17183--I am so happy for you that you had the experience and that it was so wonderful. As you can guess, I studied abroad also--for 2 years actually, and that time was also the best in my life as well. Thanks for coming by.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Yogini, I agree with you. Americans need to make an effort to become multilingual in order to compete with other countries. Everyone should travel at one point or another. If not to study, at least for pure fun! I'll be doing the tapas stroll this summer in Southern Spain. :D

      Great hub!

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Hola Klarawieck! Enjoy the tapas in Andalucia! Please have a few for me while you're there. Yes, studying and/or traveling abroad will help us make progress towards the long term goal that we can all agree on: peace.

      Enjoy! que disfrutes de tu viaje!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Great hub! My son is considering studying abroad when he gets to college.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Thanks! That is great news. What country is he interested in? And his major or potential major? It is such a life changing decision and so affirming in every way.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      If he majors in English, he'd like to go to St. Andrews or Cambridge, I think.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      That sounds fabulous! Even if he changes majors, he can still go abroad. There are many different programs--from a semester or a year to summer options of 3-12 weeks. Also, a student can study the environment, do an internship or do what is called service learning--provide a service to the community. There are so many good experiences to be had. I wish you and your son much luck!

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      lifelongstolive 4 years ago from India

      Your this hub is really inspiring. i always wanted to study abroad but could not because of shortage of funds.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Thank you so much @lifelongstolive. Yes, it is a common impediment-- not having enough funds. Perhaps you can take a trip now or swap dwellings with some friends on another continent?

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      A couple of years ago, my son had an opportunity to spend three months in Europe. He took full advantage of the allotted time and traveled through several countries. Having studied German for three years in high school enabled him to have a working knowledge and moderate competency in communicating with many Europeans.

      Last year, my daughter studied in Spain for a quarter. Again, the Spanish she'd learned in high school fared her well.

      So, reading your wonderfully written Hub article reinforced several of the values we hold as a family for studying abroad as well as learning other languages. Thank you so much! Up, useful, interesting!

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      @hawaiianodysseus, Thanks so much for the support! Your children will always remember their experiences abroad. It helps one to learn so much, not just about the world but about ourselves too.

      I lived in Spain for a couple of years and they were wonderful years! I couldn't be in my field if I hadn't done it, and there is such a demand for Spanish these days I know I will always have a job--not to mention the traveling perks as there are 20 Spanish speaking countries!

      So when are you going abroad? I hope you get in a trip too!

      Take care and thanks for the votes, I appreciate them.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband and I loved Madrid when we were in Spain. Your photos look familiar to me - so wonder if we were in the same places. Also loved tapas and especially paella. I'm way past the studying stage, but agree that it would be a wonderful thing to be able to do this and experience different cultures.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Hi Craiglyn. I love Madrid too. Yes, the photos should look familiar as they are of the Plaza Mayor and common tourist spots. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could study abroad at any age? I think it would do wonders for our world.

      Thanks for reading and for your comments. I appreciate them.

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