7 reasons to study abroad while in college

Studying abroad in college has become more common over the years and for good reason.

This experience gives students many benefits they will carry with them for years to come.

In addition to personal growth, students will make life-long memories and learn countless new things. Not everyone gets the opportunity to study abroad, but read on to find out seven reasons why you should study abroad while in college if you can.


Travel the world



Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you are given the chance to study while traveling to different cities and countries. You might be surprised at how much you can learn by traveling to a new place such as .


Meet new friends



Even though it may be hard in the beginning by starting from scratch, studying abroad allows you to meet new people that you would not have normally met. Going on adventures with your friends and having positive and negative experiences with them will create friendships that will last for years.


Learn about a culture



Visiting somewhere for a short time while on vacation versus living somewhere new are very different things. Living in a new place will better help you to understand the cultural values and traditions of that place.


Step outside of your comfort zone



This may be difficult at first but being pushed outside of your comfort zone is an important part of individual growth. Whether that means trying a new type of food or learning something new, even little things will add up in the end and make an impact.


Put the language you’ve been studying to use



Studying abroad and immersing yourself in a culture is a great opportunity to utilize the language you’ve been studying in school for years. It will feel rewarding once done and in addition will help you to expand your language skills.


Once in awhile spontaneity is good



While studying abroad, you will have the opportunity to take weekend trips: some that are planned months in advance and some that are on a whim. Through these experiences, you might learn something new or visit a place that you find out you love.


Learn more about yourself



Being in a new environment and going on different adventures will help you to see what your strengths and weaknesses are. Knowing what you’re good and bad at will help you to work on your weaknesses and utilize your strengths in the future.

by Elizabeth Coons

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