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 Expand Your World Through Study Abroad 
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Post Expand Your World Through Study Abroad
by: Lee Frankel

Studying abroad is the dream of every student. For many, study abroad provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study in a foreign country. When choosing to study abroad, a student gets to learn about different cultures and lifestyles, as well as an opportunity for them to experience the educational system of a different country. They can improve their vocabulary and sometimes learn new languages too. Opting to study abroad also helps a student build up their professional skills and self-confidence by learning how to adapt to new environments.

Some students study abroad so they can experience a new environment. Some study abroad to learn a new language. No matter what your goal is, you should check out a few different study abroad programs. Some programs offer full year programs. Some offer a semester or trimester in the Fall or Spring. Others offer short stints during the summer to take one or two courses. Classes are offered for all the foreign students and most classes are in English.

While choosing colleges for your study abroad experience you should select places that match your personality, as you want to be happy wherever you go. Does the particular university offer the right courses for you? Would you prefer to study in a large city, small city or in the countryside? Do you prefer large programs where you’ll take excursions with many American students or is a smaller, more intimate program your desire? Are you interested in an English-speaking country or do you prefer an experience in Spanish, French or Chinese? Do you want the experience of living with a family in your country of preference or would you rather stay in a dorm? There are many aspects to studying abroad which should be considered.

After a program, location, courses and living arrangements are all settled, now the student must pack. Most people aren’t experienced for packing for 3 months. Even adults rarely have to pack for this long. It’s difficult to imagine, but most programs are in developed countries where it’s as easy to buy things as it is at home. Some places are even cheaper. So, bringing the basics is the order of the day. For clothes, pack for a 2 week vacation. Things can be washed.

There are many web sites which provide help to students regarding selecting their perfect study abroad program. It’s better to do a lot of research about the options before speaking to someone. Know your options. Know the questions to ask. Are excursions included in the program? What about a cell phone or online access. Are meals included? Is there someone in the program who’s local to assist me? Is medical coverage included? There are a myriad of details and it’s wise to be prepared as it will make your experience much more pleasant.

Academic Studies Abroad is an excellent website which provides a helpful hand to students in choosing their right study abroad destination. Go to: for programs that offer 10 years of experience sending American students to study abroad.

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