Studying Abroad?

January 8, 2007 12:53am CST
Will you advise students/your children to go abroad to study? Well, I just completed my A Level, and I am wondering if I should apply for a University overseas, maybe in Australia or UK? And this is like a major move if i were to do so. If you're currently studying abroad, your comments will be much appreciated too!
2 responses
8 Jan 07
I did. If you can afford it, it is a great experience but then you may loose touch with friends from school. There is the extra adjustment of adapting to a new culture and educational system.
• Singapore
8 Jan 07
Since you're from the UK, I'd like to ask if the people there welcome foreigners to study there? Will there be discrimation and racism? I'm an Asian, by the way.
11 Jan 07
Well I personally feel that UK is very multi-cultural and people are very open. Specially universities as they get a lot of extra money from having foreign students. You may get an ocassion racist comment but that's from people who are just angry with life in general, I tend to ignore it and carry on living.
@rachelcaron (1681)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I would totally recommend it! Study abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I went to Sevilla, Spain for 5 months during my junior year of college. I also went to Costa Rica for about 3 months after graduating from college. I was able to learn about another culture and myself. I learned a lot about myself while I was there. I became more independent, less shy, and less concerned about what others thought. I was there for me, no one else. I was there to have fun and improve my Spanish and I didn't want anything to get in my way. My friends and family could tell a difference when I got back. I was more confident. If I could have conversations, make travel arrangements, and talk to people I didn't know over the phone in Spanish, then of course I could do all of that with more ease in English. I really enjoyed learning about the culture as well. It makes you aware that there is so much else out there and so many other ways of doing things. I feel I really became an open-minded person. I also feel that this experience helped me in the work force. I am able to work well with people of different backgrounds and cultures and I am open to new experiences. I have seen that there is not just one right way to accomplish a task.