Explore options abroad

Studying abroad is not just a ‘vacation’ as some might assume. Studying in another country helps students in multiple ways. From taking on a new language, to interning in an overseas business, to enrolling in a foreign university, studying abroad is a major learning experience that an Oswego State student should consider. Not only is the experience of living in a culture other than your own life-changing, it is a major résumé-builder for American students.

Having the experience of studying abroad is definitely a step-up for American students. Graduating with a study-abroad background is certainly an advantage in the job market. Studying abroad shows an employer that the applicant has not only the courage to work and live in unfamiliar surroundings, but it shows an employer that the applicant has a unique drive to go out and conquer this world. Living in another country can be surreal and sometimes even scary, but makes you grow up and face the reality of being on your own.

No parents to come pick you up for the weekend, no resident assistants to come to your immediate aid, everything is up to you. All of your academic, living and many financial responsibilities fall squarely on your shoulders. It is a bit daunting, is it not?

But that is exactly why studying in another country is a valuable experience. It forces you to brave obstacles, organize yourself and be an independent individual. Being away from family and friends can be extremely advantageous in personal development. Being alone helps build self-dependence and getting to know yourself better creates character and instills self-confidence.

Now, studying abroad is not all about the formalities, being an adult and accepting responsibilities. It is also about having as much fun as you can. You have the right to live your life to the fullest. If you want, do everything stereotypical. Go and party (safely) in Barcelona, surf on Australian beaches and have all the wine, cheese and baguettes you can possibly consume while in Paris. Climb to Machu Picchu, marvel at the Colosseum in Rome and wander the busy streets of Dublin. You are young, free and alive.

Make friends with people from all corners of the world. If you are studying in London, you are guaranteed to not only have native Londontown friends, but you will make life-long relationships with people from Ireland, France, Germany, China, Brazil, all over the U.S. and just about anywhere else you can think of. The friends you make abroad will always be important to you and you will remain close to them. The memories you all will share together last a lifetime.

Oswego State students certainly should consider studying abroad. Both the professional and fun aspects of being away in another country should be enticing enough to draw you across the ocean. If interested, contact the Office of International Education and Programs for more information on study abroad choices, curriculums and tuition/scholarship inquiries. The OIEP is located in 100 Sheldon Hall and its email is intled@oswego.edu. Now go out and conquer the world and represent Oswego State.

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