There are many reasons why you should study abroad in high school. You will be immersed in another culture and can learn a foreign language. Your study abroad experience will enhance your college applications and can even help you make a smooth transition from high school to college. You will also be more likely to study abroad again during college. By living away from your parents in a foreign country on an exchange, you will gain independence and maturity. Study abroad will benefit you for years to come, and will open many opportunities and career paths.
Participating in international education programs during high school can be a very rewarding and enriching experience. By living independently in a different country you will be immersed in another culture and have the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Your international experience will enhance your college applications and can even help make a smooth transition from high school to college. By having exposure to international opportunities early on, you will most likely have the desire to participate in international education programs during your college years as well. Whether you're a student ambassador, studying or volunteering abroad, taking advantage of these opportunities in high school will benefit you for years to come and will open many opportunities and career paths.
“I wanted to study Arabic in order to connect with my family, history, religion, and culture. I previously lived and worked in an Arabic-speaking country and wanted to learn Arabic more formally in order to maintain personal and professional...”
American Councils for International Education