5 Benefits Of Studying Abroad

5 Benefits Of Studying Abroad

If you're on the fence, this will help you decide.


University's throughout the United States have many tools and resources to help their students in every way, shape or form. They offer them opportunities that many take for granted, like volunteer jobs, internships and of course studying abroad. Whether you spend a whole year or just a semester abroad you get to learn more about yourself and about the world than you would have ever imagined. As someone who has study abroad myself, I can confidently say that studying abroad has shaped me to be more equipped in my everyday life and in the professional world.

1. It's a great conversation starter.

Just by mentioning that you study abroad, you immediately capture the attention of everyone around you. I have lost count on the amount times that the subject has come up during the conversation, whether it was brought up casually or someone has asked me personally. Studying abroad is not only relatable to others but it is a great icebreaker to get to know someone besides the basic facts that are said in everyday conversation.

2. Expanding your knowledge.

Going abroad teaches you experiences that your campus simply cannot. Regardless of what your interest are, going abroad will give you insights on different cultures and you will grow to not only love and enjoy new interest but it also makes you more appreciative of your culture.

3. Friendships like none other.

One of the things that scared me the most about going abroad was the fact that I was going without any of my friends. A million thoughts were running through my mind, like if I was going to get along with anyone, but it's safe to say that regardless if people go with their friends or not everyone is on the same page, wanting to meet and create new friendships. Now I share this amazing experience with some of the most incredible people I have ever met and because we share the same memories, we will always be connected in a special way.

4. Travel trotter.

Going abroad automatically implies that you will be traveling. A lot. One of the most exciting aspects is going to a new place every weekend and the best part of traveling in Europe is that it is affordable and it can take you to a whole new country in just a couple hours.

5. New experiences of a lifetime.

If you know anyone that has had the opportunity to study abroad then I am sure you have heard them say, endlessly, how much going abroad has changed them. But it is true, going abroad changes people. Not only does it teach you new things but it leads one to want to know more about what the world has to offer.

If you ever get the opportunity to study abroad take it! Once you are there you'll never want to come back. I have never met a single person that has gone and came back saying that they hated it. For many, it may just be the highlight of their college career, but don't just stop there, make the most of it and you'll see how far you can go.

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Valuable Takeaways You Will Get From Studying Abroad

The things you'll remember most won't be the "crazy parties", but memories much more meaningful than that.


Everyone who studies abroad always comes back saying the same cliche things, such as how study abroad absolutely changed them or how they feel like they just belong in the place they studied in. Others will boast about skipping all their classes and partying every other night, which in a way, are also unique experiences. After 4 months abroad, I can assure you that although there is some truth in all of those statements, the reality is more of a mild mix of all of them. You will create unforgettable memories with friends and spend time partying it up in the city, but you will also come to genuinely appreciate your city for its small quirks instead of the major touristy activities. Regardless of your experience, however, here are some lessons everyone will have taken from their time abroad.

1. More Independence

No matter how well traveled you were before starting this semester abroad, when you're thrown into a foreign country with no one familiar, you'll be forced to grow up quickly. From figuring out how to interact with your non-student neighbors to figuring out meals every single day, studying abroad will help you grow up quickly. This may be the first time that you'll be away from everyone you know for more than a few weeks, and you'll have to find ways to cope with it.

2. New Perspectives

After spending more than 10 years in the American education system, learning about events like World War II and the Global Financial Crisis from a non-American perspective can be extremely eye-opening. Interactions and discussions with international students from other countries will leave you baffled at how many major things in history that your public high school education back in America never taught you. Picnics with your classmates will reveal new foods that you have never been exposed to, but that you now love and must eat once a week. The world is a diverse place, and it required you to get out of the country to truly realize it.

3. Travel opportunities

In the US, you could drive 7 hours from Los Angeles and still end up in California. In Europe or Asia or any other place, transportation methods under that same time can get you to another country or even multiple countries. Instead of a weekend trip to the mountains in the same state, you can take a train from Paris and end up in London a mere two hours later. With different countries so close together, take as many chances as possible to explore as much as you can. That being said, don't forget to travel within your own country and thoroughly explore the place you're living in!

4. Lifelong friendships

Even if you're an introvert, you'll find someone you can get along well with while abroad. Slowly but surely, you'll make that study buddy, gym buddy, boba buddy, or whatever-else-you-do buddy. Realistically, you won't be able to meet up with these people anytime soon after your time abroad, but you'll become so close to them during these few months because you're all on your own for the first time. Every few years, you'll still be compelled to meet up and catch up with them. Every time you visit a country, you'll be able to hit up the friend you made while studying abroad who lives there.

Everyone's study abroad experience will be different, but as long as you put yourself out there and make the most of your time abroad, you will come home with some of the fondest memories of your life.

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