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Is studying abroad really worth it?

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Replies to: Is studying abroad really worth it?

  • alcibiadealcibiade Registered User Posts: 586 Member
    You really shouldn't pay keepit much attention, he's a presumptuous, callow **** at his worst. I cannot recommend study abroad more. It is worth the cost, it leads to the unexpected, to live in a foreign environment. Many Americans cannot imagine this, which is what makes it so exciting for young students.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    I'm not a ****. I think living abroad is valuable, though not in direct academic terms. I don't think that study abroad is living abroad.
  • alcibiadealcibiade Registered User Posts: 586 Member
    Forgive me for being blunt, keepit, but you think you know a lot more than you do. I suppose it is typical Oxbridge over-confidence. You'll get over it.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    You might be right about that, but who can tell. I haven't gotten over it yet.
  • ericaleoericaleo Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited February 2014
    Hi guys,
    I think most study abroad is a waste of time (and money).

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  • alcibiadealcibiade Registered User Posts: 586 Member
    erica, you shouldn't try to sell things like that on the site. It's inappropriate.

    If you think it's a waste of time and money, prove it.
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    It's a large plus for one majoring in linguistics, international relations, to name a few.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    I don't think it matters for linguistics. Perhaps you mean foreign languages?
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    I always associated linguistics with translation and learning foreign languages... hence why I mentioned linguistics. Foreign languages, international relations, international commerce and area studies are still fields where the proper use of study abroad will make a much better undergraduate experience.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    Linguistics is the study of languages. Many linguists don't speak any foreign languages (though of course many do). I agree that for the fields you mention, some study abroad will be helpful, but only a carefully selected course, ideally a year abroad or a Master's direct-enrolled in the target country.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    Well, I'm convinced.
  • magellan26magellan26 Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    edited July 2014
    Nice comment. I totally agree - and have experienced it. (Am responding to BrendaSummer's comment)
  • AmbiD77AmbiD77 Registered User Posts: 724 Member
    edited July 2014
    is study abroad still useful if a student has lived abroad for 12 years and is now living in the US?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 36,653 Super Moderator
    @AmbiD77 Sure, if you study abroad in a different area.
  • magellan26magellan26 Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    keepittoyourself wrote
    America is not the wealthiest country in the world.

    That's one of the main reasons study abroad is so expensive for US students - lots of disposable income to be scooped up....


    (not too mention other sources of money to pay for study abroad - loans, grandparents, even crowdfunding...)

    Not all study abroad organizations are non-profit. Some are out to make big bucks.
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