Have you studied abroad before? For what reason?

China
September 17, 2009 10:58am CST
Nowadays many people, most of whom are students, study abroad for different reasons. For instance, some study abroad in order to absorb latest knowledges. Some study abroad so that they could experience different cultures. So have you been to other country for study? For what reason? If you have never studied abroad, do you have such a plan? Do you think it's useful experience for a person?
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6 responses
17 Sep 09
Yes, I've studied abroad before in my life. The reasons are very simple, and common to be heard. First, I want to find something different, other than I can find in my home country. Second, I want to gain experience, ranging from part-time work experience to real-work experience. Third, I want to go international, rather than 'locked' in my home country forever. I hear those reasons so many times, and I doubt just that. I know former classmates who went studying abroad just to socialize themselves (in meaning of goint to bar, smoking, etc). They didn't even care about the study. What do you think about these people?
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• China
18 Sep 09
I also heard of such kind of people. In my country, every year many rich families send their children to foreign countries in order to get a degree. By rights, they could concentrate on study without any worry about financial problems. But in reality most of them don't care about the study at all, just as you said. They're also not interested in understanding local culture. What they do is to "burn" their parent's money, including buying new roadsters and chasing after the girls. To those children, I think studying abroad is quite meaningless except for a degree.
• India
14 Oct 09
I like to study abroad for the same reasons you said like to experience new culture ,more freedom and to get education from a top university .Moreover i have many friends and relatives in US where i am planning to go.I don't know whether it works or not ,you know , money is a big problem.
@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I've studied in many countries, i moved a lot, so had to change schools all the time. i was in school in Kirghistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine and USA
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• China
18 Sep 09
I quite admire you for you have so many experiences of studying abroad. Not everyone could have such opportunities. Living in different countries, you could feel different cultures, which help you understand this world further than others. Have a nice day:)
@gicolet (1704)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Yes, I went to Taiwan over 18 yrs ago to study Chinese language. I went for 2 mos and I got to like Taiwan so I stayed longer. Chinese writing was harder than speaking it. I can still speak Chinese to this day...not fluently thought but good enough to understand. Have a nice day :)
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• China
18 Sep 09
Oh, you have studied Chinese! To many foreigners, especially those from Western countries, Chinese is quite difficult to learn for it's not alphabetic writing. It's easier speaking than writing for there's no complicated grammars. I have some foreign friends who could speak quite good Mandarin but could not write down a single Chinese character. In fact even a Chinese child need several year's exercises to learn how to write. Have a nice day:)
• Pudong, China
8 Apr 10
Have you been abroad?Until now I haven't.It's one of my dreams to go abroad to experience foreign cultures.
• United States
16 Mar 10
I hope it is a useful experience :D I applied recently to study in the Caribbean this summer and hope to hear back soon!!
@gjoy993 (19)
• Malaysia
8 Oct 09
I studied abroad because I wanted to go to a good university. I don't think I can be a qualified engineer if I study in the lousy university in my country. By having a degree from a top university, it's easier for me to get a job.