Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Benefits of Studying Abroad

The University of Southern Mississippi has consistently received national recognition for their International Programs. The International Program was established 1937, and since its operation began there have been more then 11,000 students study abroad. Many students find excuses for why they should or will not study abroad but here are some important facts about the benefits of studying abroad. The study programs are offered in almost every major, and in more than 30 countries. Some of the programs offered include studying music in Austria, Religion in India, Opera in Italy and Spanish in Spain. These are only a few examples of the programs offered though. I will provide a link to the University's International Program website.

After studying abroad, a person has gained cultural experience that otherwise they will never have had to the chance to experience. It is also very important for a person to study abroad if they are entering into a competitive field, because studying abroad will give them an upper hand above the other resumes. Studying abroad also provides the student with a chance to get specialized training in a particular study. For example, studying Spanish in Spain may further help the student speak this language more fluently.
Another important thing that is becoming more available today is financial aid to assist students in their study abroad endeavors. Among the different financial aid programs available are loans, grants, and scholarships. Some of the different loans include Parent Plus loans, Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, and alternative loans. There are also pell grants available for students who qualify. There are many different scholarships that are based on a student's academic GPA, field of study, and need for assistance.

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