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Students of All Ages Benefit from Studying Abroad

Posted on July 4th, 2012 by Jenny Frankel

Studying abroad is increasingly becoming a quintessential part of the undergraduate experience. As the data from the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report can attest, the number of students studying abroad (and the number of international students studying in the US) continues to grow with each passing year. It is not just college students that stand to benefit from international experience, however. As a recent article from Asian Correspondent Online relates, children of almost any age have a lot to gain from studying abroad.

The benefits, which can be both intangible and tangible, can stay with a child for life. For example, because international education often fosters creative thinking, studies indicate that students who have spent at least some time abroad develop innovative problem solving skills. At the same time, because many international classrooms are, quite literally, smaller, students stand to gain from the kind of favorable student-teacher ratio that promotes student engagement and, ultimately, success.

Studying abroad as a child can pay dividends in other ways as well. Many international private schools put a strong emphasis on higher education and they make college preparation a top priority. As a result, pupils have a leg-up – and access to a wealth of resources and relationships – when it comes to college admissions. Then, too, because success creates its own virtuous circle, successful alumni can serve as strong advocates and mentors for their juniors at every phase of life.

In the end, though, one of the greatest advantages of studying abroad at a young age comes not from connections but from conjugation. Because language acquisition becomes markedly more difficult with time, childhood is the best time for a language immersion experience. By virtue of using English in their classes – and with their classmates – students will be able to master English at an early age. Such proficiency, an increasingly common requirement both at top-level classrooms and boardrooms around the world, means that an international childhood can help ensure a successful adulthood.

Written by Jenny Frankel

Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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6 Responses to “Students of All Ages Benefit from Studying Abroad”

  1. china visa application Says:

    Most of students trying to migrate to European countries for studies or job purpose.. Nice post guys

  2. Mrs. Judith Rapheal Says:

    Am a Singaporean widow and mother and work with Foreign affairs commission now in New Zealand, i got a scholarship for my son in 2010 from Global Scholarship Foundation (www.globalscholarshipzzn.wix.com/globalscholarshipzzn) and they are running again this year, though it’s a Jewish Women Foundation so i thought i should share in case anyone from their current participating countries South Africa, Brazil, Singapore, India and Dubai could apply.

    Your free to leave me a thank you mail

  3. FG Says:

    Jenny:

    I agree that study abroad experiences can be beneficial to learners at any age. You pointed out many advantages to learners having such exposure at an early age. As an instructor of ESL learners, I think that when possible these students should take every opportunity to engage in study abroad learning activities. If this method of learning will advance learners in their educational endeavors we as educators should do all we can to support study abroad programs.

    FG

  4. andre Says:

    Reading this inspired me to start blogging myself! Thank you…

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