(Closed) Spinoff- did you study abroad during your college or hs years

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 47
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Helper bee

all of you are seriously depressing me so much. I couldn’t study abroad because of money reasons, plus my major was oddly specifc and I couldn’t transfer that many credits.

I’m planning to go on a trip after I graduate in summer 2015, since I’m already graduating a year late and all my classes are spring/fall only I don’t think I can study abroad still…

I was planning on doing a cruise so I wouldn’t be spending all of my waking hours travelling, but the longest I can find is 2 weeks.

What do you recommend?! 

Post # 48
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I spent a semester in South Africa (at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg) – best experience ever!!! I not only have amazing memories but I have lifelong friends that I got out of my time there! (Fiance studied abroad in Australia) 

I always recommend for anyone in college or graduate school to take up spending a semester (or year) abroad

@wouldyoukindlyy – definitely go on a cruise or take the two weeks (or the time you have) and try to do a land tour somewhere you would love to go. There are so many options out there even if your limited in time and money (ie. student discount cards for traveling and hostels)

I had one of these when I was abroad although they looked a bit different back then: http://www.statravel.com/discount-cards.htm

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My SO and I studied abroad in Spain for our spring semester of sophomore year in college, and did an internship/lived in Chile for 3 months the summer before our junior year!

Post # 51
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m from the US and when I was in high school I did a study abroad in Japan and I loved it so much that I planned my college education around a semester abroad in Costa Rica! Not only did I meet great people and see great things and learn a lot about the cultures of Japan and Costa Rica, but it really helped foster a sense of thinking about the world as a whole and being excited to travel. I think it also made me braver.I would love to live abroad again, but don’t know if it’s going to work out. 

Post # 52
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@tksjewelry:  Is your son in high school or college? I didn’t earn any credits when I did my high school study abroad, which was fine because it was over summer break. In college, the study abroad office helped me pick a program where I would get credits that would count towards my degree to graduate. I was a genetics major (and now work in that field) and my study abroad was mostly about ecology – different but both in the same general disciple, biology. I was able to count 2 classes (3 hours each) towards my major requirements because they transfered as 500 level classes and my major required two different 500 level classes in biology. The rest of the credits were just general credits, but I was still able to easilyh graduate in 4 years. You just have to plan ahead. And pick a program that transfers useful credits.

ETA: My college study abroad was very rigorous academically. More so than a typical semester back in the US. I learned a lot. Granted, it’s not something I ever use in my current job, but it’s fun to randomly start spouting facts about new world tropical ecology from time to time. And I think it looks good to employers and graduate schools. Especially if you’re going into a field that is in any way related to international business or dealing with people from other countries/cultures.

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Ap2010:  I got to choose what country/program I did! It was through Student International Training out of Vermont. My credits transferred to my university. I studied in Madagascar for a semester and it was difficult, but amazing. I’m so glad I went. It really opened my eyes. I’ve traveled confidently all over the world since. I absolutely, 100% recommend studying abroad.

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I spent a month in France taking a basic French class. I had an incredible time!!! It was worth every single penny that was spent! It was a bucket list item for me. I highly recommend studying abroad if you have the means!

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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@tksjewelry:  I used CEA they were awesome! The people were super nice and I felt the program I did was well established and was everything that was promised and more!

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I spent my Junior year of high school in France with my aunt and uncle. It was a fantastic experience, even though my family traveled to Europe almost every summer to see family.

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I studied abroad in Greece. While I am glad I did it (it was an amazing opportunity to see things I might not have seen otherwise), I don’t know that on a purely academic basis it was as good as the university I went to.

Post # 58
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

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@Ap2010:  Might depend on your school/major.  For us, we had no choice, it was Rome. And it was a required semester abroad (TOTALLY not complaining though!)  Now they do Bohn, Germany.

The good thing is, at least when I was there, it is really easy to travel around. So even if you’re required to study in, say, Italy, its not hard (or too expensive, compared to travel in the U.S.) to go to other European countries!

Post # 59
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Blushing bee

I studied abroad for a semester in Grenoble, France and absolutely loved it. I had friends in London at the same time and for an extremely cheap airfare, we got to see each other! It was hard at first but definitely amazing! I reccommend it.

Post # 59
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Blushing bee

I couldn’t afford to “study abroad” but I spent six months in Australia working as an au pair and doing online courses through my regular university. Best of both worlds! hahah

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