...The College Travel Abroad Series!
“It is a tradition for me to give family and friends’ graduating high school students a copy of Dr. Seuss’, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”. It is a classic, inspirational and fun way to encourage the recent graduates to visualize the wonderful places and experiences that await them following high school.”
-Cathy Henry, bragTAGmedia Marketing Coordinator
5 Reasons to Travel to Study Abroad
- Learn About New Cultures – Eat snails? Get chased through the streets by bulls? Watch a horse race in the middle of a densely packed Medieval square? Ever see the Great Wall? While the Internet has made it possible for us to explore and learn about almost any topic that interests us, it doesn’t replace the invaluable experiences you can have by actually living in another country. What a wonderful opportunity to expand your understanding of different cultures by actually walking the streets, eating different foods, speaking with the people who live there and gaining insight into what influences them and their lives and earn college credits!
- Increase Your Foreign Language Skills – Parlez-vous français, Говорите ли вы Россию, Parli italiano, 你会说中文吗？ Put those years spent learning French, Russian, Italian, Chinese to great use by actually living in those countries and conversing with others around you.
- Deciding on a Career – Travel abroad will expand your knowledge of whatever career path you are considering. A business program will give students interested in international business skill sets that employers are eager to snap up after graduation. What better way is there for aspiring art students to develop their talents than by spending time in the country their favorite artistic role models lived? Time spent overseas has been the reason for many students to pursue medical and humanitarian careers.
- Grow as a Person – Travel abroad can cause you to see yourself in a different light. You will come to appreciate the differences and similarities between you and people living in different countries. According to a study by IES Abroad, students who chose this option experienced greater self-confidence, expanded world views and that travel abroad sparked greater interest or even a change in their career path.
- Lower College Costs – Worried about where to get the money to study abroad? An article in US News and World Report shows that studying abroad and even earning a degree abroad can be a quarter to half the expense of comparable degree programs in the United States.
Dust Off Your Passport For College Travel Abroad
Interested? Well dust off your passport, and give serious consideration to enrolling in a Study Abroad program.
Don’t yet have a passport? Here are the US Dept of State regulations for first time applicants who are minors (under 16) and first time adult applicants (16 and over). Routine applications are processed within 4 – 6 weeks, and it usually takes some time to compile the info/docs you’ll need.
Studying abroad opens up many horizons and can change your life! It will take your college resume to the WOW level, give you great topics for college interviews and can easily be included in a bragTAG multi-media resume. Imagine the interest level of a college admissions counselor as video of you running with those bulls comes to life before his or her eyes!
Check back with us over the next few weeks while we share with you ideas on the following tie-ins, with key tips for high school students, to this series:
- High School Students – Unleash the Explorer in You!
- Study Abroad as a GAP (no – NOT the jeans) Year
- What’s in YOUR suitcase? Hmmmm…the college travel abroad series!
There many choices to make about what to do after high school, but no matter which path you choose it’s a wonderful, exciting time in your life and …
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
Do you have an overseas travel or learning experience to share? Would you like to travel or study overseas, and where?