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International Education Week highlights reasons to study abroad

November 18, 2011

Last week was International Education Week, a time dedicated to promoting study abroad and student exchange programs around the world. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education come together each year to educate students, parents and institutions about the merits of international study programs. The world is rapidly growing into a global community and international business is the norm, which is why it is especially important for students to seize the opportunity to study abroad.

Not only does spending time in a foreign country give students the chance to get to know another culture, it also presents the opportunity to learn another language and gain a more global perspective. These are key elements of international business and will open the door for more job opportunities once the student enters the workforce.

However, leaving home and living in another country can be tough for many students. Staying in touch with family and friends while abroad can help ease the pangs of homesickness, and international phone cards can help save money when living on a student budget.

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