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Studying abroad expands American students' experiences

October 3, 2011

While studying abroad is a valuable time to help students learn about different cultures and languages, there is an added bonus for such programs that may be harder to measure. Overseas studying opportunities also push American students out of their "bubble," which may be uncomfortable at times, but also helps expand young people's experiences, according to The Associated Press.

However, many schools are finding it increasingly difficult to bring young people out of their comfort zones while they're studying in a new country. Many students feel the need to stick with their American peers, rather than reaching out to young people within the nations they are visiting. Additionally, technology has made it easier for young people to spend more time communicating with loved ones at home through such email, Skype and prepaid phone cards.

While keeping in touch with family and friends back home is essential, students should also make an effort to experience as much of the culture around them as possible.

During 2008 and 2009, approximately 260,327 American students studied in a foreign country, according to the Institute of International Education. 


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