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If You Get the Chance to Study Abroad…DO IT.

This one goes out to all the high school and college students out there.

If You Get the Chance to Study Abroad…DO IT.

Don’t hesitate. Don’t wonder if it’s the right decision or not. It is the right decision, I promise you. Don’t wait until you’re older and it becomes much more difficult. If travel is something you want to do, this is your opportunity to do it at a time in your life when the world is set up to enable you to do things like this. The worst thing that can happen is that you do it and then come home. The best thing is that it could open up opportunities or experiences that you never imagined you would get. Trust me….do it.

We had aΒ collegeΒ intern working at my company and I’ll never forget the day he came in to ask us our opinion as to whether or not he should apply for a study abroad program in Europe. He was on the fence about it and had all these reasons why it might not be a good idea, even though he clearly wanted to go. Every single person in the office told him that he would regret for the rest of his life if he didn’t take the opportunity. We took turns regaling him of our own tales of travel and of studies abroad, and for those who hadn’t gone, tales of regret.

I was happy to hear later that he had applied and gotten accepted into the program and would be heading off to Europe for the experience of a lifetime. I’m a little jealous, if I’m being honest with myself.

Here’s the thing, high school and college students: You may be presented with opportunities to study abroad while you’re still in school. You should take those opportunities. Apply to all the programs you can, because it will be an incredibly enriching experience that you will take with you for the rest of your life.

I guess I can officially classify myself as old at this point since I’m in my 30’s and all, but for those of you who are still in your school years, please hear my advice….take the opportunity! Take all the opportunities! This is the easiest time in your life to make changes and to travel. There are opportunities out there to study abroad, or even just to get working holiday visas in several countries around the world. When you’re older, there are still opportunities for those of us who are industrious and bold enough to take advantage of them, but it does get much more difficult. Life happens. Responsibilities happen. You’ll need to work harder and jump through more hoops to do these things as you get older.

Take advantage of the fact that you are young right now. The world is YOURS for the taking, if only you are willing to reach out and grab it.

Here are some study abroad resources for you. Now get out there and do it!

Another option for young people is a working holiday visa. Most (sadly) are only for those under 30. If you’re under 30, here are some countries that offer one:

*I’m only including countries that offer visas for American citizens. There are other countries that offer each other working holiday visas, though. If you’re not a US citizen, a Google search should tell you which visas are available to you (and let me tell you, some of you are lucky ducks with lots of options available!).

Also check out The American’s Guide to Working Holiday Visas.

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  1. Wonderful advice!
    I went to Chile as an exchange student and had an opportunity to travel after my studies to Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia…That is where I met my husband πŸ˜€ My exchange year wouldnt be more productive!
    So definitely a great advice! Going study abroad as an exchange or a full degree student may change your life forever!

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  2. Couldn’t agree more. I studied abroad for a semester during college and fell in love with Europe. Ended up teaching English in Turkey and Romania for several years as a result. Best life choice I’ve made so far! πŸ˜€ πŸ•Œ 🏰 πŸ—Ί

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  3. A timely post! I also have my own tales of regret about not going for an exchange program when I was in college. I am seriously considering going abroad for my MA now. Thank you for the links! I’ll be sure to add it to my reading resources. πŸ˜€

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  4. I whole heartedly agree. I did my student teaching in Ireland for six weeks after six weeks placed in the states. It was the best thing I ever did. I only regret getting caught up in the “crap” that goes along with traveling in large groups of college kids rather than fully appreciating all that I was experiencing. Live and learn.

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  5. Completely agree! I got the chance to go study abroad in Germany when I was in college and I jumped on it. It was an amazing experience. My first experience travelling by myself and living in a foreign city. I think I should have taken the chance when I was in university too and I definitely regret not doing it! Though it gave me the funds to do my Masters abroad, which is also a great opportunity πŸ™‚

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  6. Great advice, but I am worried more and more people will put off visiting Europe or be scared to visit ever because of the growing international danger and unrest 😦 Backpacking through Europe now is totally different than it was 20 years ago…

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    • That’s true, but I do think it’s still largely safe to be traveling through Europe. Incidents do happen as we’ve recently seen in the news, but if one is worried about that, avoiding large public gatherings should significantly reduce your risk, and the same advice applies for back at home as well.

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