Ya, I agree that the article's points only brush the surface. Also, how often do study abroad students start fires and drive cars? While those skills may occasionally come in handy, the article should have focused on other aspects of pre-study abroad preparation. For instance, making money either by working or taking out loans is required for some students; knowing the laws and judicial system in international places is crucial (http://www.gooverseas.com/study-abro...s-and-safety);
and what to look for in a program provider. Again, while USA Today covers the basics, by no means should prospective study abroaders stop at this article.