About Study Abroad

-Dipendra Kandel

What is Abroad Education?
Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in another country.
Length of study can range from one week, usually during a domestic break, to an academic year, encompassing a couple academic terms, to an entire degree program that spans several years.
Some students choose to study abroad to learn a language from native speakers. Others may take classes in their academic major in a place that allows them to expand their hands-on experience (e.g. someone who’s studying marine biology studying abroad in Jamaica or a student of sustainable development living and studying in a remote village in Senegal). Other students may study abroad in order to get a credential within the framework of a different educational system (e.g. a student who goes to the United States to study medicine), or a university student from Albania who goes to Germany to study mechanical engineering.


While study abroad programs started out with the mission of educating foreign language majors, today there are study abroad programs with many different missions. In addition to language-focused programs, there are programs geared to specific academic areas (art, architecture, business, comparative religion, engineering, environmental studies, international politics, sciences, etc.).

 Provider type

Providers are the organizations that run or support study abroad programs. These include.
1. A college or university - Probably the largest group of providers 
2. A non-degree-granting university (USA-only) 
3. Consortium - Group of colleges and universities that work together 
4. Government-sponsored programs and centers, such as EducationUSA, ERASMUS programme (European Union), and Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) 
5. Non-profit, independent educational institutions, such as DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad, interstudy, The School for Field Studies 
6. For-profit companies or businesses 

Degree of integration

Study abroad programs have a spectrum of integration, from those that offer the greatest integration into host institutions to those offering the most assistance to students.
1. Integrated - Complete (or nearly complete) integration into the host academic programming; the director is often a citizen of the host country; students take regular university courses with locals. Examples include interstudy. 
2. Peninsula - Mix of selected local resources and provider-managed resources. Some courses may only be available to program participants, others may be taught by local university faculty. 
3. Island - Strong support services enhance the local experience and give it context. This allows an overseas experience without diverging from the home school’s degree program. 

“I’d like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around the world, by supporting opportunities to learn new languages ... and study. That’s always been a critical part of how America engages the world ... Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed.”
-President Barack Obama

“By studying foreign cultures and languages and living abroad, we gain a better understanding of the many similarities that we share and learn to respect our differences. …I call on … [students]… to participate in activities that increase their knowledge of and appreciation for global issues, languages, history, geography, literature, and the arts of other countries.”
-President George W. Bush

“No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries...”
-President Bill Clinton

(Note : The writer of this article is an Immigration Expert who has taken Immigration Training from USA and has done MBA from USA)

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