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Choosing a Study Abroad Location

by Kissairis Munoz

Aug 26, 2014

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Study Abroad

Learning the nuances of a different culture, taking location-specific classes, meeting new people — and all while earning credit. Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding times you can have in college, but if you’re unsure what the best location is for you, there are a few things to consider to make your decision easier.

 

Do you speak another language or study one in school? Heading to a country where it’s the mother tongue can help improve your skills through immersion. But if you’re someone who strays from saying more than “hello” or “thank you” in another language, you might be more comfortable in English-speaking locales. You’d be surprised how much new slang you’ll pick up anyway!

 

Completing your coursework is necessary, too. If you still have several classes to complete in your major, a location that offers a variety of courses in your field can help get you closer to graduation. Have a few extra credits to play with? Consider going somewhere with electives that interest you. This is the time to study Hemingway and bullfights in Spain or take an art elective in Italy.

 

Finally — and this one’s a biggie! — think about what you like to do and how you’d like to spend your free time. If you’re an outdoorsy person whose idea of the perfect weekend is camping, New Zealand is probably a better fit than a crowded city like Shanghai. Are you someone who wants to explore neighboring countries while you’re gone? The size and proximity of European countries makes it easy to visit several places. Do you prefer getting to know one place well? Massive countries like Argentina and Brazil can provide completely different foods and cultures while staying in country.

 

No matter where you choose, keep an open mind and get ready for the time of your life.

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