Cao, Wei. (Sep. 2011). “StudyAbroad: Lessons Learned on the Road.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Vol. 1 No. 13 [Special Issue – September 2011]. Available at: http://www.ijhssnet.com/journals/Vol_1_No_13_Special_Issue_September_2011/10.pdf
This journal paper discusses the increase in study abroad programs undertaken by U.S. students and the consequent need for the development of “diverse and high quality programs.” The paper discusses study abroad from the perspective of an insider, including the pitfalls involved.
Donald, James. (26 Nov. 2008). “Studying Abroad: The Benefits.” Quacquarelli Symonds: Top Universities. Available at: http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/studying-abroad/studying-abroad-benefits
In this article James Donald seeks the opinions of international experts on the major benefits of students studying abroad. Benefits mentioned by those he approaches for their views include Gaining a “unique cultural experience while acquiring new skills” and making new contacts and establishing new relationships with peers from other countries. Other benefits cited including seeing things from a broader perspective, appreciate=ing diversity and – importantly – improving language skills. These are just some of the benefits cited in this useful article.
Goodman, Allan, E. And Nevadomski Berdan, Stacie. (Oct. 2013). “It Is Essential.” New York Times: Room for Debate. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/10/17/should-more-americans-study-abroad/every-student-should-study-abroad
This New York Times Opinion Pages piece opens by stating that because globalization is very much with us, students who want to be a part of that “interconnected world” should study abroad. Further, that U.S. students need to catch up with their counterparts by improving their language abilities and gaining “cross-cultural communication skills.” So far, only about 10 percent of U.S. students actually study overseas, which is nowhere near enough. However, the author cautions that to be effective it should an integrated part of education with appropriate preparation and follow-up.
McDowall, Angus. (Jun. 2012). “Wider world opened to Saudis studying abroad.” Reuters. Available at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/06/us-saudi-scholarships-idUSBRE8550RA20120606
This article by a Reuters senior correspondent based in Riyadh discusses how the program of Saudi government sponsored scholarships for Saudi students to study abroad (about half of them in the U.S.) not only broadens their horizons but contributes towards the government’s objective of educating Saudi nationals, so that they can replace expatriates working in some of the better-paid positions in Saudi Arabia. The scholarship funding pays the education fees for the students and gives them a monthly allowance, and where applicable pays for their family to accompany them. Women granted scholarships to study abroad are required to have a male companion travel with them.
McManus, Luke. (Nov. 2013). “The Perks and Pitfalls of Studying Abroad.” Huffington Post: Huffpost Students. Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/luke-mcmanus/studying-abroad_b_4233671.html
McManus reports that compared with UK university tuition fees, overseas equivalents can be a lot more affordable. In his own case, he swapped a potential £9,000 per annum at a UK university for £1,725 at the University of Jordan in Amman, noting not only the high educational standards, but also the affordable costs of living. Though language barriers can be a problem, that can be overcome. There are also the potential risks arising from political instability in the host country, but overall the benefits have the edge.
Strom-Olsen, Rolf, Dr. (Feb. 2012). “Where to Study: Ten Key Issues.” Quacquarelli Symonds: Top Universities. Available at: http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/studying-abroad/where-study-ten-key-issues
Strom-Olsen discusses ten considerations when deciding exactly where overseas you intend to study, including considering the networks of friends you might acquire. The right choice may give you access to friends in many other countries. Also check that the faculty has a similar diversity to the students. He notes that international universities tend to have small class sizes, improving interaction between professors and students, and a better campus lifestyle, although resources and facilities could be limited. The language is usually English – ideal if you aspire to improve your English skills. He cautions that some careers are better served by studying at major national universities instead. On the plus side, studying at an international institution can be culturally rewarding. Also, he recommends talking to existing students if you can – to seek firsthand opinion. And finally, states Strom-Olsen, be sure that you really do want to be a “global citizen.”