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Are the study abroad programs a good thing to do for my career while in college?

I would love to study abroad and I don't know if the cost will be worth it in the long run for a career in art. #college-majors #international #study-abroad #courses #art-college

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Gwendolyn’s Answer

Hi Kayla,


I have degrees in Studio Art and Graphic Design. I studied abroad during my first degree and it was life-changing. While you may not think it helps a career in art, the things you accomplish in college can be the things that propel your career. Not only does studying abroad give you wonderful personal experience, it gives you an edge when applying for jobs. There are lots of locations you could travel which are relevant, particularly in art history. Most cities in Europe, for example, have a lot to offer in museums and architecture. I studied abroad in Italy and was able to see more art than I ever could have seen by simply taking a vacation. Good luck to you.

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Alexandra’s Answer

Hi Kayla!

I used to work at my college's study abroad office because I found my personal experience so impactful! I was also an art major and I highly recommend studying aboard in order to gain exposure to other ideas, people, and inspiration. It really opens up your world! I also feel that the level of artistic pursuits abroad are much higher than in the USA because other countries fund the arts much more than in the USA. So it's definitely worth learning and absorbing from the arts abroad.

I agree that it can be extremely expensive, so I encourage you to look for scholarships and partner with your university to help. There are a lot of scholarships out there for women, minorities, and even for specific areas of the world where you want to study. Prioritize the time it takes to apply for these because the pay-off is immense. I was able to study abroad for less than it cost for those same credits at my university, so definitely look into your options.
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Brian’s Answer

It's a terrific opportunity, especially for someone in the arts!

It can be rewarding in and of itself, but can also set you apart from your contemporaries, with depth of experience.

Consider visiting this site, and searching on Study Abroad, to learn more about it.
https://parentsguidetothecollegepuzzle.com/
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