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Paying for College Part 4: Studying Abroad - The Pros, The Cons, The Costs

Fun topic time: Studying Abroad - The Pros, The Cons, The Costs

Costs. Timing. Internships. Visas. Language Barriers. There can be tons of impediments to studying abroad! In this article as well as quick video, we are going to answer all your questions about studying abroad and whether or not it is a possibility.

What is study abroad?

Study abroad is an opportunity for students to move to another country while still continuing their education. Students can do this as early as their high school years all the way through undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees. 

Students can choose to go for as little as a week or two and stay as long as a year or sometimes even longer!

In our opinion, a semester abroad is ideal as it is long enough to truly get immersed in the culture, become conversational in the language, create a routine and build true relationships abroad. It also is enough time to be able to take trips from the location. For example, if studying in a country in Europe, a semester abroad leaves time to see more of the country or even venture to other countries!

Is studying abroad truly a possibility?

As we said earlier, costs, timing, internships, visas, language barriers - there can (seem to) be tons of impediments to studying abroad!

I never imagined studying abroad as part of my future. If you foresee study abroad being part of yours, great! You are a few steps ahead of where I was. 

Studying abroad didn't seem feasible to me until I had someone explain to me that not only is it feasible but it could actually save me money and help me receive more credits than I would have if I stayed in the U.S. at my university! Sounds crazy, but it's true.

So whether considering it or not, watch this quick video to learn more and see if studying abroad is possible:

If you are considering studying abroad, we wanted to share a helpful guide with you. Click the link below to learn all about timing, costs, programs and more:

http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/study-abroad-guide/