Do you have a fearless determination to trek new lands? Perhaps you should consider travelling to foreign countries. This dream, however, can be costly and interfere with your daily routine. Fortunately, one of the best times to travel abroad is while you’re in college.
The number of U.S. students studying abroad pales in comparison to the number of students that do so in other countries, and they don’t know what they’re missing. An article published in the New York Times mentions that a measly 10% of students in the United States will study abroad during their academic career. Here are a few reasons this trend should be a thing of the past.
The Institute of International Education lists STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, Business Management and Social Sciences as having the highest number of students who study abroad. However, in a world that is becoming increasingly globalized, virtually all fields of study are breaking down barriers.
For example, studying abroad helps you acquire a new language, and most employers consider multilingual prospects more valuable than those who only speak English. This may be to increase international collaboration or to effectively communicate with non-native speakers.
In addition, the experience itself places you above the rest. It shows you are willing to broaden your perspectives and are more suited to work in a culturally diverse environment. More importantly, believe it or not, employers may give you more consideration just for being more interesting.
Many students never set foot on foreign soil to avoid the steadily rising costs of studying abroad. However, there are a few tips you can consider to make your trip affordable.
- Apply for scholarships: Undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 grade point average are highly likely to receive scholarships through both governmental and private agencies. Furthermore, foreign universities are prepared to assist you with travel fees and tuition, provided you have recommendations and good academic achievements.
- Offer your services in exchange: Many countries, such as China and Peru, have a high demand for English teachers. You may be able to teach English classes or provide translation services in exchange for course credits or free tuition. The downside is that you typically need to already have a bachelor’s degree in order to teach. Check with your school’s International Studies department for options.
- Learn a foreign language: Foreign universities are much more likely to assist you financially if you show some level of competency in their national language. For instance, when I was majoring in Spanish, I received travel funding from a South American university. Additionally, the Czech Republic has affordable tuition and offers free tuition for students who speak Czech. Click this link to see a list of other countries that offer affordable tuition.
- Consider online programs: These programs are typically less expensive, allowing you to pocket more money for your travels. Online programs are also more flexible, which means you can get your education anywhere, anytime and wherever there’s an internet connection. Look for online graduate and undergraduate programs that are flexible and affordable.
Some students might contest that studying abroad interferes with your academic goals. It’s true that you may end up postponing your graduation date if you’re not earning academic credits for your travels.
However, studying abroad can be an exciting learning experience in itself. Students who study abroad explore wonders of the world and have first-hand experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have sitting in a classroom. You can immerse yourself in the cultures you read about in textbooks, enhancing your overall educational experience.
Also, with a 9 to 5 and living and family expenses awaiting around the bend, you may not have the opportunity to travel again for some time. At this point, your schedule mainly consists of studying, attending class and the occasional pastime. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to seize the day.
Now that you have some valuable information for making your study abroad dreams come to fruition, be sure to act fast. Your college career can sneak past you in the blink of an eye.
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