“When you study abroad, you are actually making your country stronger!”
Abroad in China:
In a recent speech at Howard University, Michelle Obama reminds us that studying abroad is not just important for the growth of an individual, but that it is important for the growth and understanding of our nation in respect to the rest of the world.
“Companies here in America can do business and compete with companies all over the world,” the First Lady said in speech preceding a panel discussion on studying abroad in China. “And as a consequence, studying abroad isn’t just an important part of a well rounded educational experience. It’s also becoming increasingly important for success in the modern global economy.”
“It isn’t just about relationships between our governments and presidents, its also about relationships between our people, especially our young people,” said Mrs. Obama.
The Obamas encourage students to study in China, because with every friendship and connection that is made, our country’s relationships will improve.
To listen to Michelle Obama’s entire speech, click here!
Abroad in Cuba:
In addition to the importance of studying abroad in China, if more students study abroad in Cuba and learn about the country, US and Cuba relations may improve as well.
In a welcome move, President Barack Obama’s administration plans to relax travel restrictions to Cuba for religious groups and students interested in studying there. This has great potential to improve relations between the U.S. and the small communist island — and students should seize the opportunity to study there!
Universities such as American University, Duke University and Florida International have programs in Cuba and visiting Cuba should help students gain a greater understanding of a country that has experienced a U.S. embargo for the last 50 years.
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