The Study Abroad

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“Studying abroad gave me an opportunity to learn in a much more hands on interactive way. It offered space to explore on my own while still providing a secure place I could catch my breath and feel the familiarity of home. The mix of site visits and class time really made the history and culture come alive” (qtd. in Student Quotes). Studying abroad in college is beneficial to a student’s life in many different ways. Studying abroad helps promote personal growth, independence, education and career growth, it helps strengthen the learning of a new language. In the 2011-2012 year only 283,332 students took advantage of studying abroad. The total amount of students that studied in the 2011-2012 year represents 1% of the combined population (Trends in U.S. Study Abroad). The percent of college students shouldn’t be a measly 1%. More students need to take advantage of studying abroad. “Overall, I learned a lot more about myself in that one semester than I did in the three and a half years in my school because of the unique space in which I learned, experienced, and spent exploring another culture” (qtd. in IES Abroad News). Studying abroad is a great promoter of building a stronger personality and being able to step outside of one’s comfort zone. When asked about personal growth, 97 percent said studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96 percent reported increased self-confidence, 89 percent said that it enabled them to tolerate ambiguity, and 95 percent stated that it has had a lasting impact on their worldview. (IES Abroad News) Studying abroad can bring out a whole-new personality that no one may have known existed. Now some people beg to differ that it’s not necessary to leave the country to step outside o... ... middle of paper ... ...ding for Your Study Abroad Program." Finding Funding For Your Study Abroad Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "IES Abroad News." The Benefits of Study Abroad. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "Inspirational Quotes: We Must Take Adventures in Order to Know Where We Truly Belong." Inspirational Quotes: We Must Take Adventures in Order to Know Where We Truly Belong. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "Student Quotes." The University of Chicago. The University of Chicago, n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. "Trends in U.S. Study Abroad." NAFSA: Association of International Educators. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "Why Learn Languages?" 10 Good Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language! N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "Why Study Abroad?" 10 Reasons Why You Should Study in a Foreign Country. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. "Why Study Abroad?" Why Study Abroad. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

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