How to study abroad

Jessie attended Boston and graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in International Relations. During her time there, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia and Shanghai, China. She currently works in product operations and support for a mobile app in New York City. Before that, she was an Account Executive for a boutique PR agency in Boston that specialized in media relations for tech startups. She is excited to see where in the world she will end up next!

Have you ever heard the expression that the best education happens outside of the classroom? Well my suggestion is to go as far away from the classroom as possible – abroad! From my own experiences, studying abroad is probably one of the best learning opportunities you can take in college. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel widely and gain life-changing experiences. Below are some of the many reasons why every college student should consider studying abroad.
1. Going with school means you don’t have to worry about the logistics
Most colleges have an established study abroad program that’s been around for years. They have good relations with international schools, and the resources to ensure that your living situation is covered on all grounds. Your school will help you out through the visa and travel processes, financial aid, and other important logistics. Also, any classes you take abroad would count towards your credits. Knowing that all these details are taken care of and that you’re being watched over, the only thing you have to worry about is deciding on which country to go to! There is no easier time to travel. Studying abroad may also be one of the only chances you get to live abroad for an extended period of time
2. You will gain a new perspective on the world
When you go abroad, you will open your eyes to a million new cultures and ways of thinking. You will experience firsthand what it’s like to live like a local in another country, eating their food, speaking their language, and learning their customs. You may even go through culture shock, which will really put your own life into perspective. You will make friends from many different backgrounds who will teach you about their lifestyle and cultures. Going abroad will cast a new light on the way you see the world, expanding your horizons and giving you a global outlook.
3. An opportunity for personal development
Living in a foreign country will bring out your independence and test your survival skills. There’s nothing quite like being on your own, far away from the comforts of your home country. You will learn to solve problems (often in other languages), deal with cultural differences, and test your ability to adapt to various situations. Studying abroad also gives you the chance to try new things, explore new interests, and discover likes and dislikes that will make you a more dynamic and adventurous person.
4. Get a head start on your career with international experience
When you graduate and enter the job market, employers will be impressed when they see that you have lived abroad. This is especially true in today’s international workplace, where companies have headquarters all over the world and people from different countries speaking different languages are often found collaborating. Employers will also be impressed by the personal development from your time abroad – they will see you as someone who has the ability to think on your feet, work independently, be resourceful, and adapt to different environments. The friends you made during your time abroad may also open up interesting career opportunities for you in the future.

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