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Why Parents Should Encourage Study Abroad?

There are lots of good reasons to encourage your son or daughter to study abroad. Here are five:

1.Studying abroad is a life-altering experience

Studying and living in a different culture helps students to see the world from a completely different perspective. It's an amazing experience that changes lives. Not only do students learn about other cultures; they learn how to view their own culture from a different perspective. They also learn so much about themselves.

2.Make connections that can last a lifetime

While studying abroad, students have new opportunities to form bonds with people around the world. The friendships formed with others while studying abroad can last forever.

3.Resume building material

Students have the opportunity to not only learn while studying abroad, but to apply what they’ve learned in the work force. In today’s competitive job markets, studying abroad helps students stand out from other applicants.

4.Studying Abroad is a chance to gain true language fluency

The only way to truly become fluent in a language is to be immersed in it. If your son or daughter studied a language for several years, and hopes to gain fluency in that language, we can offer you the opportunity. Please note that you are not required to know another language to study abroad.

5.Why be just another tourist

Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to really learn and understand your host country. Being immersed in a host country’s culture will allow students to experience all aspects of their host country.
 
Last modified 07/07/2011
Office of International Education Study Abroad & Exchanges International Student & Scholar Services Intensive English Language Program University at Albany University at Albany