In the US, the number of university students who study abroad increased dynamically. 154,168 American college students studied abroad from 2000 to 2001 compared to 48,483 students from 1985 to 1986 (Rooney 4). University students tend to study abroad much more than before. “The university has tried to track the changing interests of its students and the increasingly global nature of its curriculum by setting up programs in countries that did not attract as much interest a generation ago”(Rooney 2). A decade ago, the only destinations of studying abroad were in Western Europe, but there are many places for students to study abroad all over the world now (Rooney 2). This means that students are interested in other cultures, and it shows that the cultural borders between countries are decreasing. In addition, it is very important to communicate with other countries today.
I found a paper that is written about some answers of “frequently asked questions” of studying abroad (C Pendex A). The first question is why people study abroad. This is very basic, but important question. The answer says, “Learn a language, broaden your perspective, explore your identity, challenge yourself, increase your self-confidence and decision making skills, re-evaluate your priorities, values or goals, and discover a new or family cultural heritage” (C Pendex A). This sentence makes us feel confident, and feel like studying abroad. In addition, we can image that we improve our language skills and knowledge, and our smiles.
Why do many students study abroad instead of just traveling? Because studying abroad has benefits that we cannot experience by a trip. Actually, there are a lot of students who want to study abroad, but some of them hesitate to study in other countries because of the gap of languages and cultures. One of my friends told me that, “ I want to study abroad, but I don’t have a confidence because when I think of it, of course, I can image many good things. But, on the other hand, many bad things also come up my mind. For example, what can I do if I was discriminated, or nobody couldn’t understand what I said. And, I can’t go back to my country because of these reasons.