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Why should students study abroad in non-traditional countries?

6 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Peter
     
    Peter
    Junior Year Student
    Fairfield University
    Studying abroad in a non-traditional country may help you to get a better experience abroad...
    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.
  • mentor picture Michael
     
    Michael
    Junior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Studying abroad in a non traditional country, such as India, China, or Latin America, gives the...
    Studying abroad in a non traditional country, such as India, China, or Latin America, gives the student a chance to experience a culture radically different than our own. While studying in Europe is vastly different than in America, the religious, economic and ethnic make up is very similar to America. The vast majority of the world is made up of developing countries, and studying abroad in one of these non-traditional destinations gives students an eye opening opportunity to experience the “real world”.
  • mentor picture Amy
     
    Amy
    Graduate Student
    UCLA
    Many of the non-traditional countries will be the most beautiful places you may ever experience...
    Many of the non-traditional countries will be the most beautiful places you may ever experience (for example, Greece, South Korea and South Africa). The guidance available from your study abroad program and fellow students will offer you the support and resources you may need while you are there. Choose a country or a program that matters to you, even if it is not a place that other people might be attracted to. And, talk to a study abroad advisor; they will be able to tell you exactly what to expect there. Also, if you are looking for funding, especially prestigious funding resources like a Fulbright grant, traditional countries are much more competitive. So, I know some students who pursue their studies in non-traditional countries and then plan their weekend trips or travel before and after their program to more traditional countries nearby.
 
 
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