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International study benefits far outweigh negatives

January 30, 2012

Traveling to another country to pursue your education can be a very rewarding experience, but the road to reward may be paved with frustration and challenges. Full immersion into another culture can be overwhelming, especially if they speak another language. The Daily Beacon reports that language barriers are the reason many students shy away from studying abroad. This is why the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) recently held an event at the University of Tennessee to dispel the negative image some have of international education.

"Usually, if you're in a different culture, where they speak a different language, if you try to learn the language, people will try harder to help you out," Rochelle Breen, a University of Tennessee linguistics major, told the news source.

The CIEE visited the college to teach students about the benefits of study abroad programs and how they far outweigh difficulties like assimilating to a new culture and being so far away from home.

One way for students to stave off homesickness while they are abroad is to stay in touch with their loved ones. Hearing the voice of a parent or friend can be enough to satisfy a need for something familiar, and an international phone card can help students save money.

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