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Peter
Junior Year Student
Fairfield University
I am a junior at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. I studied abroad in Beijing, China. I felt that my time in China was an amazing experience. As a International Studies and Economics major, it was interesting to observe... I am a junior at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. I studied abroad in Beijing, China. I felt that my time in China was an amazing experience. As a International Studies and Economics major, it was interesting to observe China's growth in the business sector. Along with taking business classes which applied towards my major, I also did an internship. I felt that doing an internship abroad was a helpful experience because it allowed me to learn more about China's expanding economy. Also, having this experience proves helpful when interviewing for jobs. Regardless if one chooses to intern abroad or not, just studying abroad is an experience in itself.

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  1. In many cases it does. First find out if your program is supported or recognized by your school. If it is, chances are your financial aid will also apply.
    4 answers – How to pay
  2. I think you should do extensive research and then decide which program seems the most interesting to you as well as works with your courses.
    8 answers – Deciding On A Program
  3. Meet with your academic advisor and inform them of your plans immediately. Then seek information from other students who’ve done the same thing that you are trying to.
    4 answers – Deciding On A Program
  4. Studying abroad in a non-traditional country may help you to get a better experience abroad because you are challenging yourself in ways most people never seek to.
    6 answers – Deciding On A Program
  5. It is only up to you to decide that. However, one should look at the courses that are offered and then try to talk with students who’ve previously participated in them. By doing so you will see what type of people the program typically attracts and whether or not you'd like to be one of them.
    6 answers – Deciding On A Program
  6. I think it is beneficial but it in many cases it is not critical. To prepare, I would take a course in it over the summer or during the semester prior to leaving.
    4 answers – Before You Leave
  7. Not really, people are people no matter where you go. There are clearly cultural differences but once you get acquainted with them in the first month, it really is not that bad. Once you get past the initial surface you will be able to find cross-cutting cleavages that will help you to connect with them in at least one aspect.
    5 answers – While Abroad
  8. Yes, I think that it really counts. It says a lot about a person. Many people can say that they like to think outside of the box or are interested in a country, but if you are willing to go there and live there for five months out of the year it shows that you are serious and are really willing to try different things. Therefore, your potential employer will be more willing to take a chance on you compared to another student with similar qualifications that hasn’t been abroad.
    7 answers – Career
  9. Te puede ayudar a tener una experiencia más beneficiosa porque si vives en un país menos popular (tal vez menos desarrollado) estás desafiándote.
    4 respuestas – Decidiéndose por un programa – Preocupaciones: antes de salir
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