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Why should students study abroad in non-traditional countries?

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  • mentor picture Miloni Gandhi
     
    Miloni Gandhi
    Associate Director, International Recruitment, Office of Admissions
    University of Southern California
    Non traditional countries are many times harder to get to in the sense that they haven’t been...
    Non traditional countries are many times harder to get to in the sense that they haven’t been commercially popularized, therefore it is often more difficult to find an excuse to go. Also, many times people fear the unknown, and don’t want to go to places they are not familiar with on their own. By studying abroad in a non-traditional country, you will be able to go someplace completely different and at the same time be surrounded by a group of peers who share similar interests as you. There is also a greater chance that you will have more intercultural interaction with locals if it is a place where foreigners are not prevalent. From a practical sense, many non traditional destinations are softer on the budget. Non traditional countries also push students out of their comfort zones more than places where you can find all the same products as home, and force the student to think outside the box.
  • mentor picture Christa Sanders
     
    Christa Sanders
    Associate Director NYU in Ghana
    New York University
    Studying abroad in a non-traditional destination provides numerous opportunities for personal...
    Studying abroad in a non-traditional destination provides numerous opportunities for personal growth, a deeper understanding of world cultures and true cross-cultural immersion. In many instances there are unique opportunities to be involved in volunteer work and impact local communities in need. This experience in itself can be life changing. An experience in a non- traditional setting can also prove to be an added plus when seeking employment. Studying in a non- traditional location demonstrates one’s ability to adjust to almost any environment as well as distinguishes one’s resume from others. Studying abroad in a non-traditional place helps make one a truly global citizen.
 
 
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