A Guide for Students in the Multicultural University
3. Exchange and study abroad* STUDY ABROAD: THE MOST CHALLENGING AND REWARDING YEAR OF YOUR LIFE I can honestly say that my life has been shaped and reshaped by my year abroad . . . without the experience I would never have taken the roads and detours that have led to such a fascinating life and career. (Study abroad participant, cited in Norris and Gillespie 2008) This chapter is designed primarily for English-speaking students who are planning to do some part of their study time in another country. It incorporates the words of a number of students who have studied abroad. It will look at some reasons why you should study abroad; decisions you will need to make about where to go; preparation and leaving; issues you will face during your time abroad, for example homesickness; different study styles; and returning home. Some points about working abroad and some useful links will be given in the final section. WHY STUDY ABROAD? There are only so many times you can analyse globalization without going abroad yourself. (Australian exchange student to Japan) There is a huge push to involve students in study abroad. Governments have recognized the benefits for their people. In the USA the Simon Bill, passed in 2009, aims to have 1 million US students study abroad by 2020 (http://www.nafsa.org/press_releases). In Europe, the aim is to have 3 million students involved in international study by 2012 (Loveland 2008). Scholarships for international study are also available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and...
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