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International Schools - Learn the Benefits of Studying Abroad

Apr 18, 2008
During the school year following 9/11 (2002-2003), the number of American students studying abroad increased 8.5% to an astonishing 174,000! This disaster jarred many into realizing we are not an isolated country but part of a global economy. Thus, in droves, they invested a year abroad to get to know more of the world they called home. Since then the numbers have remained strong. But is this the only reason a student would consider uprooting from the security of college or university life in the US to study abroad for a year? According to those who have done it, the benefits are so numerous that an article of this size can only begin to list them.

Think of your resume in a few years. Having "studied abroad" on it is a definite advantage for future employment. Employers are looking for the experience and skills learned by the demands of cross-cultural learning. Qualities like creativity, teamwork, patience, flexibility, and innovation are just a few of these.

While studying abroad, students develop self-confidence because they are daily forced to make decisions while in difficult situations. Language obstacles and cultural differences forces one to do what is needed to find answers, and to have a good sense of humor when they accidentally say something other than they wanted to.

Studying abroad often immerses the student in a foreign language. Even if he has studied the language previously, learning to use it naturally is often a giant step beyond the classroom. Hearing the language used by everyday people and using it himself forces him to make it his own.

Studying abroad provides unique learning opportunities beyond the classroom. A country's art, music, literature, and history are before him in their original context.

How are Americans perceived by people in other countries? Whatever it is, the view is obviously a stereotype since there is no such thing as a typical American. Students studying abroad will confront these things first hand and, in the process, be given a venue for ridding the locals of their stereotypes of Americans.

If the student attends a school in a major international city, he could experience many cultures beyond those of his adopted country. Students from other countries add to the breadth of his education.

Americans are usually a long way from other countries. But in most other places of the world, this is not true. For example, special discounts are offered by Eurail for tourists. The train is economical and famous sites are rarely far away.
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Opportunities to study at international schools are available at many colleges and universities. Studying abroad offers unique experiences that studying locally just doesn't. Just "do your homework" so as to choose one of the best international schools.
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