Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. By studying abroad, you are immersing yourself in a culture that you may not be used to. It can be educational and you could learn things that you would never learn from reading a textbook alone.
The first thing to consider when deciding whether to study abroad or not is to determine how well you are at adapting. You may not have the same luxuries, such as dependable internet access or access to your favorite bath and beauty products. You may be cut off from friends and family for an extended period of time, unless you know other students that will be participating in the same study abroad program you are interested in. If you are in a relationship, your partner may not be willing to be part of a long distance arrangement. If you have a steady job, there is no guarantee that it will still be there once you return from a study abroad experience. Studying abroad can affect your standing in clubs, organizations and sports teams. Being away for a long period of time can affect all of your friendships and even your living arrangements upon returning.
Even if you have the spirit of adventure and would greatly benefit from being part of a study abroad program, it still might not be right for you. Studying abroad can be expensive. If the program is overseas, it may be hard to get a good deal on airfare. The price of housing may be more or less of what you are used to, depending on the area you are considering. The cost of tuition may also be different. Besides costs, studying abroad may not fit in with the requirements needed for graduation. Checking with your academic advisor is the only way to make sure that a study abroad program can be useful to your degree and career goals.
Please answer the questions below to determine if you should study abroad or not.