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Go beyond borders and study abroad

Addison Baber

Graduating high school is a huge milestone in a teenager’s life. Once you graduate you get to decide your future and so many opportunities come with the new found freedom.

Most choose college or the workforce as their next steps in their future, but some take an even bigger leap and choose to travel the world with their studies.

Studying abroad is one of the most eye opening experiences for a college student and it brings so many opportunities into your life. When you study abroad you get to see the world, take in new cultures, and also learn new language skills.

When you study abroad you get to experience different styles of education. When you enroll in a study abroad program you get to study a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to in your home country.

Also, when you return home from a study abroad program it opens up your mind to several new different career opportunities because at your time away in your host country you gain a new perspective of culture, language skills, greater education, and a willingness to learn.

The most traditional way to study abroad is by booking a study abroad program through your university. When you book through your university the study abroad credits are almost guaranteed to fit your academic requirements and the fees will most likely link to your tuition cost.

Booking through a university is not the only way you can study abroad. You can study across seas through a third party program, enrolling directly with a university overseas, and or take a global independent study.

Not all programs with universities are built the same, so some students choose to study through third party programs. There are several companies that work within education that help students spend semesters, years, or even summers abroad.

The programs match students with study abroad programs around the world based on their major or specialization. Even some universities have an established relationship with these programs so you are still able to transfer credits and book your programs through your academic advisors.

If you already have a pretty good grasp of the native language of the country you want to study in, you can directly enroll into a college overseas. Many colleges accept international students with open arms and you can directly enroll to earn your degree overseas.

Some may refrain from studying abroad due to the cost, but there are no worries because there are several scholarships available for students who want to study abroad. You can apply for these scholarships through your universities, or even through independent programs.

If you have always wanted to travel and experience the world, studying abroad is one of the best ways to do so and also gain an education. Make sure to make the most of every opportunity that comes your way over the next few years.


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Addison Baber
Addison Baber, Monday Minute Anchor
Hello! I’m Addison Baber and I am your Monday Minute Anchor. I spend my time playing golf, competing in pageants, lying out by the pool, and hanging out with friends and family. I love to travel and try new foods, but my favorite food is Philly cheesesteaks; just ask me about my top 3. My playlist is full of all genres of music; in one car ride with me you will hear songs ranging from Broadway show tunes to classic rock. If you ever need someone to model shoes I am your girl (shoutout Shoe Carnival's 2023 summer catalog). With all that being said, I’m ecstatic to be involved with this amazing program, and remember -- Don't count the days; make the days count. 

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