Study Abroad Articles

Learning does not have to happen only in the classroom, study abroad programs give students a world of educational opportunities. The articles presented here will prove to be invaluable to any student considering studying abroad for the summer or for a semester. Best of all, this impartial content comes from experts in the field.

Managing culture shock

Culture shock is defined as the feeling of disorientation, insecurity, and anxiety one may feel in unfamiliar surroundings.’ Ok, this definition seems a little bit scary. But culture shock is not intrinsically bad; in my opinion, it is even something positive! There are many things you can do to turn culture shock into a wonderful and enriching experience.


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Study abroad in France: A short guide to survival

France is a great destination to study abroad: this is a country full of history, art, and culture. In the everyday life though, some customs differ from the American ones: simple things as the greetings, dress code, or transportation can surprise you. So discover a few down-to-earth tips than can be useful once you land in the hexagon!


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CC: Study Abroad

If you’ve ever wanted to study abroad, but felt like you missed the proverbial boat because you’re not a traditional college student at a big state school, now’s your time. The U.S. House, with the support of President Obama, has approved a plan to overhaul community colleges across the country and increase their global competitiveness. Part of this overhaul includes offering more programs and activities traditionally offered by bigger universities, including study abroad opportunities.


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Feel like a Local

It seems like common sense … tourist attractions mean lots of tourists. These (often expensive) attractions are quintessential, but they’re nothing original. While you will still probably want to visit the landmarks that make your study abroad destination famous (why else would you have picked that particular city?), you can make the most of your trip by venturing off the tourist’s path. Studying abroad is the time to really immerse yourself in another culture and break away from the pack of American students who accompanied you on your abroad.


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20 Most Enriching Places to Study Abroad

While some cities are more well-known destinations for students studying abroad, certain places offer greater opportunities to learn. A seasoned traveler suggested these twenty cities as the best for students. All six continents have something to offer, and most cities are transportation hubs, so students can easily get to and fro or take weekend trips to nearby attractions. Seoul, South Korea, and Perth, Australia are recommended for their emphasis on English education, while Nairobi, Kenya offers a rich cultural experience. Lima, Peru, allows students to explore the nearby rainforests.


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Study Abroad Destinations

Review (100 word min, 150-200 words preferred)- While some cities are more well-known destinations for students studying abroad, certain places offer greater opportunities to learn. A seasoned traveler suggested these twenty cities as the best for students. All six continents have something to offer, and most cities are transportation hubs, so students can easily get to and fro or take weekend trips to nearby attractions. Seoul, South Korea, and Perth, Australia are recommended for their emphasis on English education, while Nairobi, Kenya offers a rich cultural experience.


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Your Kid Studying Abroad?

If your college-aged child has asked to study abroad, you might be reluctant to give your whole-hearted support. Whether you think it’s too dangerous or too expensive, it can be scary to give your student the go-ahead. But you should consider it. Studying abroad may actually be safer, more reasonably priced, and more important than you think. This article from myoptumhealth.com illuminates the benefits of studying abroad, and delves into more practical matters like costs, insurance, important safety tips, and creative ways to keep in touch.


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Studying Abroad: Reducing the Risks

You want nothing more than to study abroad, travel the world and find yourself! But you have one thing stopping you – your parents. They are worried about your safety while you are alone in an unfamiliar place. They have heard the horror stories and are not budging. Read this article to determine your risks and what strategies can be used to reduce your threat while studying abroad. This list of helpful safety tips will reduce your risk and your parents’ worries.


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Staying Green While Studying Abroad

Environmentally-conscious students might be torn on studying abroad … you want to enhance your global viewpoint, but what about your carbon footprint? Learn about study abroad programs that are implementing ‘carbon offsetting’ to give you and our planet the best possible study abroad experience. Make your study abroad experience guilt-free by learning what you can do to make sure your trip has a positive effect on the globe.


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2x AISF Scholarships

The American Institute for Foreign Study announced that for the 2010/2011 school year,  it will more than doubling last year’s scholarship offerings and reduce fees on many of its programs. Since a 2009 survey by the Forum on Education Abroad reported that 58 percent of private U.S. colleges and universities experienced a participation drop in their study abroad programs (following an all-time high in 2008, after a decade of exponential growth), AIFS has stepped into a leadership position.


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