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Daydreamer24
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I've been very interested these past few days in studying abroad.

The whole topic was started by my Spanish teacher, who naturally, encouraged us to study in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, or somewhere that the residents speak Spanish.

But I would rather go to England or Australia (preferably England!). I've always found it so interesting there, but right now I'm not so sure if it's the perfect time. My parents divorce should be final any day now, and my Mom is short on money. My Dad is doing alright, his comission checks seem to be coming in at the right times (plus I just got word that our $5000 boat has probably been sold!)

But I'm worried about the money matters and leaving my Dad alone for so long (you can study abroad anywhere from 6wk-1yr). He also says how dangerous it is to be in another country and how the crime rates are so high and how you can get a disease and yadda yadda....

But I *really, really, really* want to go and every adult says I'll regret not going and it's a great thing!

But I'm not so sure. Anybody have any advice or experiences with this? Thanks!

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I haven't been abroad myself, but everyone I've spoken to who has says it was the best experience they've ever had. They said it was simply incredible and they never wanted to come home. As far as it being dangerous, once again, I've never heard anyone say it was problematic or that they got hurt. I think that's probably one of those things where if you've got a good head on your shoulders you'll be just as safe there as you would be here (just about the same goes for diseases).

If you want to go, go for it, I'd say.

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I did a student exchange in 2000, to Normandy, for 3 months.

I had a long term bf at the time, and I left in the middle of the school year. Hello scary!

But I had a blast.

I would recommend it to anybody. DO IT. It'll be hard, going away, but you will never forget it. You really do "grow" while you're away.

I learned the language really well (i did before I went, but you get REALLY comfy with it), and I made great friends. I really got the traveling taste in me.

You also learn A LOT of independence, and you really gain confidence in yourself. Being ove rtehre isn't about what you look like, it's about how you can pull with yourself, and know yourself, and get through and enjoy yourself.

BTW, I plan on leaving for a year, likely to Germany.


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My advice? go for it. make sure you know all your choices and restrictions as soon as possible so that you don't miss opportunities.

I wanted to go study abroad too, except to Spain. I heard about the program in a conference last year, about one month too late for sending applications. so i thought i could apply this year and leave next september, which i did (applying).

the problem is that i will be 18, and some countries don't accept students that old (it's a program for high school). it is particularly frustrating that i would be only 3 days too old.

also, in quebec, high school ends one year earlier than in the other provinces, and i'm not 100% sure i can leave in the middle of college and finish it when i come back (especially since we are only 10-20 students in my college program and they might abolish it after our group is done).

so now i have no idea what i am gonna do, and i'll have to decide quick because the first who sends the final paper (which i have not filled yet for these reasons) chooses the country they want to go to first.

if this doesn't work, i guess i'm gonna try to find other programs when i'm in university.

(now lets come back to you) for other countries being dangerous and getting diseases, it depends of the country. some do have high crime rates, some don't. and some you need vaccinations before you leave for not getting sick, and some not. if it was me going in england, i wouldn't be worried about those 2 points.


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If you are worried about the money check into scholarships and grants. There is tons of money out there just waiting for the right person to ask. And the disease thing sounds like a concerned parent to me. If you want to do it go for it. If you don't you might regret it.
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Okay, my Dad officially won't let me go.

"I think you're selfish because you're asking me to give up my income to pay for something you may or may not want to do?"

"Your mother & I wouldn't get to see you for a whole year."

And a whole bunch of other stuff. I don't really understand it, but there's no sense getting too worked up over it and getting mad at other people since I can't go.

Err.

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well, if you can't go now, may i suggest waiting till college? there are plenty of financial aid packages that will enable you to study for a summer, a quarter, semester or even a full year in many places across the globe -- without being a $$$ burden on your folks.

i never did get to study abroad. there's not much in the way of molecular biology outside of the US. and i wanted to finish before i got too old

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quote:
Originally posted by Gumdrop Girl:
well, if you can't go now, may i suggest waiting till college? there are plenty of financial aid packages that will enable you to study for a summer, a quarter, semester or even a full year in many places across the globe -- without being a $$$ burden on your folks.

That is a very good idea. Unless you attend an international school (where you meet other Americans, not actual natives), high schools around the globe don't match up, and when you get back it can get tricky trying to figure out what credits you've got and what still has to be done etc.

Waiting until college is a great idea because often tertiary degrees, provided there are properly accredited in the country they are being offered in, are usually recognised around the world. You tend to meet a more diverse group of people there (like at any college), as Gummy said there are more scholarships going for that, housing is easier (there are more colleges with dorms than boarding schools around) and so on.

If you are interested in Australia, here is a useful link - with other links to funding places and colleges around the country:
http://www.fed.gov.au/KSP (from here, click on Education).

If you're from Texas, and used to the hot, humid climate there, you would probably be most comfortable in the state of Queensland. The further south you go the colder it gets.

So I say definitely try it - it is such a valuable experience to spend time overseas, whether it is studying, working or holidaying. Maybe you can convince your parents to let you go for college!


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