Myth No. 1 – Studying Abroad Is Very Expensive
As is the case with any educational opportunities that exist, where you go and what you study determine how much things are going to cost.
There are plenty of options to study abroad that you might find are even cheaper than your local choices, while some are much more expensive. It really depends on you.
Myth No. 2 – It’s Only About Having Fun
It is a common misconception that most of these overseas programs offer little educational value. You would be treating this the same as any other higher education opportunity, assuming all of the workload and expectations required to succeed and excel in the coursework taken.
Myth No. 3 – Overseas Study Programs Are Mainly In Europe
While there are many spots within Europe that are commonly selected for the study abroad program, there are also several destinations that are not within these parameters. In fact, 4 of the top 10 most visited are not in Europe.
For a longtime, Australia is a top destination for students going for overseas studies. In recent years, Canada and Ireland have both seen an influx in visitors. Ireland itself has a new 2-year stay back option for those who have graduated.
Myth No. 4 – It Will Delay Your Graduation
It is believed that taking a semester or a year studying away from home will delay your expected graduation, but this just simply is not the case. Plan accordingly with fulfilling credit requirements on schedule.
Myth No. 5 – Only Local Students Have Study Abroad Programs
It is often believed that “study abroad” programs are only for local students. The fact is, anyone can. From a statistical standpoint, it seems pretty diverse.
Nearly 15 percent of students in these programs are African-American, another nearly 15 percent are Hispanic and nearly 10 percent of program participants are Asian-Americans.
Myth No. 6 – Traveling and Studying Abroad Provide The Same Thrills
This simply cannot be true, as they are two entirely different activities. Studying is all about getting new skill sets or a fresh perspective on your education while traveling is more about sightseeing and blowing off steam.
Studying is geared towards learning new cultures and languages while padding your later resume at the same time.
P.S. Stay tuned to find out what the other 6 top myths about overseas studies are next month!