I really believe there's never been a better time to take a gap year. My generation will spend more years of their life working than perhaps any other in history. So we better spend our lives doing something we enjoy.
Studying at a different university gives you a chance to take courses that may be specific to the area or school where you are studying. These add variety and value to your degree that you would be unable to gain otherwise.
Being abroad this semester in Salamanca, Spain, the word 'lost' has taken on new meaning. 'Lost' for me now extends to homesickness, jet lag and culture shock. It's wondering if other students will ask for your company tonight, or hoping service on Viber isn't too fuzzy to talk to your mom.
Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.
A new initiative at the International Institute of Education is sparking conversation, asking us how we can increase the cultural awareness in our students and encourage them to learn in environments outside of their comfort zone.
Many students express an interest in 'just having fun' while studying abroad, so they're planning on taking a few classes pass/fail and traveling around. They want to know, is that so wrong? It all depends on what the objective is.
Sadly, the Mitchell Scholarship is now threatened, as the State Department has decided to eliminate 100 percent of its contribution -- an annual total of less than $500,000 -- just in time to endanger next year's selection process.