This Week in Study Abroad: Brave New World, Short Term Study Abroad Programs Offer Long Term Benefit
Most students who choose to study abroad find themselves stuffing five months of clothing into oversized duffels or suitcases and preparing for a full semester away. Although this is the typical scenario, many students are also choosing shorter study abroad programs to accommodate any financial reasons, academic reasons, or personal reasons that may inhibit them from an overseas experience.
In an article by Michael Tindera of City Beat, he writes, “short-term immersion programs over spring, winter or summer breaks have become increasingly popular.” Although these programs are short, they still offer the same cultural immersion and feeling of accomplishment that any other semester abroad program offers. Students who choose to go on these types of programs have the option to go as part of a university class, on faculty led programs, or through third party providers as well. All options offer a shorter overseas program that manages to fully immerse students into the culture and lifestyle of the destination abroad within a shorter time frame!
Tindera mentions that shorter study abroad programs are a perfect solution for students looking to incorporate this amazing opportunity into their college career while doing so economically. Since the programs are shorter, varying from one week up to eight weeks, they are less expensive than spending a full semester abroad. One student featured in the article mentions, “Personally, I financed my trips with money that I had saved up,” she says. “Since I went for only short periods of time with groups it wasn’t too expensive.”
The benefits of studying abroad are unlimited and spending time overseas is an invaluable life experience. No matter how long a student spends abroad, they will undoubtedly return with a greater, more in depth view of the world. Tindera concludes his article saying, “No matter the study abroad program, there is no doubt it will be an enriching experience that will affect your college years for the better.”
There you have it, kids! Even if you can’t fit a semester abroad into your four years, find time to spend at least a week in another country and make sure to plan early with advisors and professors.
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