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Study abroad offers a variety of options

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Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer

If the thought of traveling the world while earning college credits sounds like a dream come true, perhaps studying abroad should be considered.

VSU offers an extensive study abroad program with nearly endless possibilities of what students can learn and where they can go.

Benefits to studying abroad don’t only include seeing the world and taking classes—although these are a big catch. Other benefits include self-discovery, making lifelong friends, and even the extra push students need on graduate school applications.

One of the biggest benefits are the job opportunities after studying abroad. Studying abroad makes students look more culturally aware and better candidates for jobs. When employers see that a student has studied abroad, they are often intrigued, especially since only one percent of college graduates actually ever do study abroad. Being able to show interest in other places gives students an edge in the job market.

Some of the places VSU offers for its study abroad trips include Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, London, Paris, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Japan, among many others. Regardless of a student’s major, there a plenty of faraway places to go. Prices range from $2,650 to $6,000 and financial aid can cover some costs.

There are both morning and afternoon classes depending on preference, and expenses such as airfare, boarding, and means of travel after arrival are often included in the total cost.

Although these trips may be a little pricey, there is a large variety of fundraising ideas and scholarships to get a trip paid for. It may seem like a big pill to swallow, but with proper planning, it is possible. Fundraising can be as simple as tutoring for a few semesters.

Studying abroad is an experience that students remember for a lifetime, but there are a few things to consider before making the decision to go or putting down the first payment.

Consider the cost and what all it includes. Some programs don’t include things such as food in the total cost. Also, consider the amount due and payment deadlines. For example, if a student wants to fundraise, he or she must make sure to have ample time to raise the money. It is also important to make sure the class will apply to students’ major, especially since studying abroad can be costly. Studying abroad is about learning, exploring and having fun.


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