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Is studying abroad worth it?

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I've heard great things about study abroad programs, but I'm not sure if doing it is worth the expense and the time. #studyabroad

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Marisela’s Answer

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Hi Victoria! What I would suggest to you is to first look at the study abroad programs your school has to offer, specifically within your major. One of the reasons why it was worth it to study abroad in my opinion was because I was able to have a lot of the classes I took abroad count for class credits I would have had to take if I stayed on campus. I thought it was cool taking unique classes in a new city/country that otherwise wouldn't have been offered back at my school. You mention the expense of studying abroad, and I can understand why that would be a huge factor in your decision making. I was not able to fully afford without scholarships and loans, so that is also something that you should look into. I would suggest setting up a meeting with the financial aid office so you can see how much assistance your school would be able to help you with. Depending on the specific study abroad program you choose, they can also offer you scholarships and even airfare grants. Ultimately, your decision to study abroad will be based on how much you WANT to take the chance to live and study in a new country. I would encourage you to explore it a little bit more and see what is out there for you. Good luck!

Kathy’s Answer

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Studying abroad helps you expand your worldview and learn to be extremely flexible. It can definitely be worth it if you define what you want out of the experience and how it merges with your major. For example, I wanted to learn a new language and I wanted to still finish my degree on time. I looked at the programs my department offered and then applied ones in a language I wanted to learn (some study abroad programs are in English - so don't let language be a limiting factor for you!). Cost-wise, my tuition was the same as it would have been at home university, and my rent was also similar. I spent additional money on airfare that I would not have spent without the study-abroad, as well as additional on tours/eating out. I made a budget before leaving so that I had good idea of what I could / could not afford to do while overseas. Overall, I was surprised by how little additional costs of studying abroad were to my normal life at my home university.