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Should I Study Abroad in College? The Benefits of Education Over Seas

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Posted on February 4, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

1.       Make sure to narrow your search to countries that have your program.

When you're determining what countries are your top choices for studying abroad, the best way to narrow down this list is to find out which countries offer your major. The goal is to continue your studies in a different country to learn more about your major and earn credits that count toward your program. If you study abroad in a country that does not offer your program, you may end up having to go to college for an extra semester in order to meet all of your requirements.

2.       Take the opportunity to see your program in a different way.

One of the most exciting parts of studying abroad is having the opportunity to explore your major in a different country. You're already passionate about this area of study so being able to experience it and all it has to offer in another country will help you see it in a different light. This could help you appreciate the field more.

3.       Explore the culture of a new place.

After college, people don't usually take the opportunity to travel to another country and experience life there for the length of a semester. Taking advantage of a study abroad program will allow you to explore a new country and be completely immersed in the culture. You'll get to see how other people live and engage in activities that they participate in. 

While you're studying abroad, most programs usually involve at least one history course so that you'll also be able to learn about the country's history. 

4.       Learn a new language.

If you're interested in studying abroad in a country where you don't know the language, don't let that stop you from going there. Learning a new language will be challenging, but it will just be one more piece of the culture for you to always have with you.

Take a class before going so you can learn some of the language, or at least teach yourself some basic words and phrases. 

When you're in the country, you'll probably pick up the language pretty quickly since you'll be hearing people speak it every day.

5.       Meet new people.

You may be nervous to study abroad if you don't know anyone in the country or going along with you, but one of the best parts of this experience is the people that you'll meet and the relationships you develop. 

You'll meet locals who were born in the area and live there, but you'll also meet other students who are studying abroad as well. 

Consider this information before studying abroad and be sure to talk to your advisor to make sure it's the right choice for you. Click here to check out DelVal's blog for more information.