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Why should I study abroad?

1. Studying abroad is the optimal way to learn a language. There is no better and more effective way to learn a language than to be immersed in a culture that speaks the language you are learning.

2. Study abroad provides the opportunity to travel. Weekends and academic breaks allow you to venture out and explore your surroundings - both your immediate and more distant surroundings. Since studying abroad often puts you on a completely different continent, you are much closer to places you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to visit.

3. Study abroad allows you get to know another culture first-hand. Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food, appearances, and personal habits. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way of life and the way that s/he views the world. Students who experience cultural differences personally can come to truly understand where other cultures are coming from.

4. Study abroad will help you develop skills and give you experiences a classroom setting will never provide. Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is scary at first, but it's also exciting. It's an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways.

5. Study abroad affords you the opportunity to make friends around the world. While abroad, you will meet not only natives to the culture in which you are studying, but also other international students who are as far from home as yourself.

6. Study abroad helps you to learn about yourself. Students who study abroad return home with new ideas and perspectives about themselves and their own culture. The experience abroad often challenges them to reconsider their own beliefs and values.

7. Study abroad expands your worldview. In comparison with citizens of most other countries, Americans tend to be uninformed about the world beyond the nation's boundaries. Students who study abroad return home with an informed and much less biased perspective toward other cultures and peoples.

8. Study abroad gives you the opportunity to break out of your academic routine. Study abroad is likely to be much unlike what you are used to doing as a student. You may become familiar with an entirely new academic system and you will have the chance to take courses not offered on your home campus. It's also a great opportunity to break out the monotony of the routine you follow semester after semester.

9. Study abroad enhances employment opportunities. Through an employer's seyes, a student who has studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations.

10. Study abroad can enhance the value of your degree. While abroad, you can take courses you would never have had the opportunity to take on your home campus. In addition, study abroad gives your language skills such a boost that it is normally quite easy to add a minor in a language or even a second major without having to take many more additional courses after the return to your home campus.

How do I find a Program?
To search for suitable programs please use the search tool at the top of each page.
What type of Program can I do?

There are several types of study abroad programs that you can take part in -

  • Language Course ( Spanish, Italalian, Russian, French, Germany etc )
  • Language & Work Internship Program
  • Language Plus Soccer/golf/rugby etc...
  • Language Plus programs 
  • Many many more ......
How much will it cost to study abroad?
This very much depends on you and the type of program you are looking to do i.e. is it long /short term, destination, course type etc etc . Programs can start from as little at €200 per week (Language Course) to €30,000 per year (Top private University or High School).
Where will I live?
Depending on the type of program you choose you can stay with a Host family, Residential Program, Apartment, Hotel. Again, this all depends on you and in most cases there are a number of options
How does it work?
By using this website you have the opportunity to save money on your study abroad. Once you see a school you like please fill in the initial booking form and pay the booking fee.
Your information is sent to the school and you will then be contacted directly by the school regarding your booking.
What else do I need to do?
Get a passport - You can apply for a passport at post offices, and county and municipal offices. Apply several months before you leave, especially if you need visas from foreign embassies. As soon as you receive your passport, make a copy of the front page that has all your identification information, and keep it in a separate place from your passport. If your passport is lost or stolen, the copy will make it easier to get a new one.

Get a visa - Do some research and find out if your country of destination requires a visa. If so what kind of visa will you need? Sixty percent of the world's countries require visas for any length of stay. If you travel, you may need visas for other countries. Apply early for visas. processing time varies widely.

Get your shots - The center for disease control offers the most up-to-date information regarding vaccinations and shots. You should also consult your doctor.

Consider a phone card - Do a little research and find out how you'll be communicating with your people back home. Phone cards are great but they don't always work. I recommend the e-kit which combines voice mail, e-mail and phone card with conversions at the cheapest rates.

Get insured - Make sure you have a comprehensive travel insurance.

Develop a budget - Consider the in-country costs before you go. You should develop a budget and live by it. Consider the costs of optional excursions, gifts, school supplies, internet access, in-country transportation and general living costs.

Learn about your destination - You're going to experience culture shock, no matter how cool you are, regardless of how diverse you are, and with no regard to your language ability you will have culture shock. One of the ways to have a better experience is to have realistic expectations. Read everything you can about your future home.

Research your destination in advance, find out what kind of items you must bring (for example, mosquito netting or tampons) and find out what items you can purchase cheaply there.

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