Pros & Cons Of Studying Abroad In College

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  • The earth is a huge place that is home to more than seven billion people worldwide.

    Your college campus is comparative to a needle in a haystack in perspective.

    There is so much more in this world to learn and explore, and college is a great time to expand your mental and physical boundaries. If you’re considering studying abroad, don’t make the decision without first considering both the pros and the cons.

    A few pros of choosing to study abroad:

    Experience a new country/culture

    There is always something to be gained from experiencing a new country or culture. It’s hard to truly capture in words, but you will quickly understand the value of the experience once you’re in it.

    You’ll have a new traveling base

    Attending college in another country gives you the cool experience of the foreign school you choose to attend, but you also gain a new travel base. For example, if you go to school in France, you can visit all of the other surrounding countries with ease.

    Learning a new language is exciting

    Living in another country is much easier when you speak the native language. Learning a new language gives you a “one up” on your resume and in life.

    More options for your education

    Studying abroad often offers students educational options they would not have otherwise had presented. There are ways to lower the cost of studying abroad. You just have to find the right program with which to involve yourself, and find the most fitting situation.

    A few cons of choosing to study abroad:

    You will be far from home

    It can be hard to adjust when you choose to study abroad. If you’ve never been far from home, you could be in for a challenging emotional journey. It will be okay. You will adjust.

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    The cost of studying abroad isn’t cheap

    You may have financial aid to pay for the cost of your education, but you may find it a struggle to come up with the money to pay for all the other things. You need money to eat, money to get around, and money for the essentials in life.

    Consider how you will support yourself while you’re studying abroad, and don’t leave this challenge to be conquered on the road.

    Culture shock is a real issue

    Even if you have no trouble being far from your family and friends, you may find it difficult to adjust to a new culture. Students sometimes feel isolated and out of place initially, but don’t let the cultural differences keep you from moving forward.

    You have to learn a new language

    Though learning a new language can be seen as a pro of studying abroad, it can also be seen as one of the cons. It’s not easy to retrain your brain to speak another language, but it’s worth the struggle.

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