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What does studying abroad offer that studying on campus doesn't?

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pros/cons?
any important information you know on this topic in general?
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Great question Darin!

In general, studying abroad can be very rewarding in many ways, including but not limited to: broadening your worldview, personal growth, gaining new life skills and knowledge of other cultures, and potentially advancing your career. Personally, I found my opportunity to live and do research in Thailand for my degree one of the best experiences of my life. I connected with people that are now lifelong friends. I challenged myself by living and studying in a completely different culture - I learned more about myself as I learned more about Thai culture and was able to practice speaking Thai. It was an amazing experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything else.

This article lists some additional benefits of studying abroad that you may find useful: https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/study-abroad-benefits/

You also asked about the cons of studying abroad and perhaps the most difficult aspects of studying abroad may include culture shock related to being in a foreign country, having to figure things out on your own and missing friends/ family. This article will provide some additional insights: https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/2017/07/25/studying-abroad-the-pros-and-cons-of-international-student-exchange/

Darin, I hope you find my feedback useful.


Neha recommends the following next steps:

  • Please review the articles
  • Seek out an adviser if you are considering studying abroad to discuss your concerns.