Why go abroad and opinions of students who did.

This document is not to convince you to study abroad, nor is it to discourage you. It is to help you understand what its advantages and drawbacks may be, how it can influence your future, and how to go about preparing for it if you choose to do so. Before taking up the university advisor’s time, talk to your family, friends and professionals, but especially visit this site carefully and consult many of the pages and links outside to figure out what you’re up against.

Why study abroad : 1. You want to live abroad and getting a job with a diploma from there makes it easier. 2. You want to deepen your language and culture and enjoy their nicer campus life. 3. It’s easier to get into the schools that offer the subjects you want there (art, journalism, photography, fashion design, political science, international relations or law, osteopathic medicine...) 4. You prefer the pedagogical approach there. (smaller groups, fewer class hours, more outside research, more contact with professors, AND you are a self-starter.) 5. You want more time to seek exactly what subjects interest you (U.S. and Canada allow you to try many subjects before choosing...but not the U.K.)

Why NOT study abroad : 1. You intend to live in France with a profession that requires knowledge of FRANCE, its laws and methods, and is better paid with a French diploma (law, medicine, architecture...) 2. It’s too expensive. Except in Scotland, for the U.K. it’s about €20,000 per year for 3 years ; you can borrow up to €13,000 a year for tuition at low rates not to be paid back till you are earning €32.000 a year through www.direct.gov.uk/studentfin... For the U.S. count on €25-60,000 per year for 4 years, and €20000 a year in New Zealand and Australia, not counting airfare. Costs in Canada range from €10,000-€50,000 a year for 3 or 4years, but it is cheaper for French citizens in Quebec. Ireland is a bit like the U.K. with 4 or 5 worthy universities. Discuss money with your parents whose money is involved. Anyway, they may be opposed to you going far away so young. 3. You are really in love with someone and years apart will probably mean it ends. 4. People with grades below 14 or no certified A levels are now placed in a special pool with limited places in Britain.

General advice : Stay IN the process until you are SURE you do NOT want to go. Drop-outs can NOT “drop back in later” whereas you CAN always drop OUT at the last minute. Preparing to apply helps clarify what you want to do.

The article below contains interviews of students who went so you can get their views and see what advice they have.


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Tuesday 6 May 2014
by  G. West

student opinions about their experience abroad

The article below is based mostly on interviews with various people who studied abroad or in France and their advice to you. Mr. West: An American who grew up in the U.S. and lived in France from age 26 on: There is no one answer to the question of why you might want to study abroad. *The (...)