Want to make you dream of traveling come true? The allure of education abroad, through study and travel surpasses expectations for many students. ” The places I have been and the sights I have seen have been beyond my imagination,” says Megan Goins, junior Howard University psychology major, who is currently studying in Florence, Italy.
Despite the demanding influx of spots to go abroad, some students need more assurance. The academic and personal leap of faith can be a process, not a plunge. If you have questions contact the university’s international affairs office, but for now here are few top solutions to ease the weary mind.
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Grades may drop or stay the same, the exact same possibility from staying on campus. Despite the fear of a dropping GPA, many students return with the same GPA as when they left. If students study hard and keep up, their grades tend to show it.
If plans are made well in advance, courses will transfer. As soon as students arrive on campus the options should be described.
My Major is Student Organizations
Great! You can now become a leaders overseas as well. Students’ concern that their school will "miss them" will eventually be far overshadowed by the experiences they will have. Students develop more self-confidence than they ever imagined and come home with even more mature leadership skills. But for those memories, they’ll truly "have to be there!"
All By Myself
In many cases most students do not know the others in their group. But they all have one thing in common-willingness to risk the adventure of living and learning in a different country. Some have made life-long friends in the process. You will never know if you don’t try.
Out the Box
Students can talk with on-campus study abroad advisers and other students who have studied abroad; surf the web; and read Transitions Abroad.
Study abroad advisers are uniquely positioned to view the transformation that comes from an overseas experience. So set the appointment now, give yourself a deadline, and take a leap.