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Considerations on Going Abroad

Jeffrey Lantis and Jessica DuPlaga show in their book "The Global Classroom: An Essential Guide to Study Abroad," that studying abroad:

…provides you the immersive opportunity to reflect critically on who you are and how you see the world around you.
…challenges you to become skillful in cross-cultural literacy - that is, to see individuals as different from common stereotypes and generalizations.
…offers you a blend of classroom instruction with homestays, immersive language experiences and study as well as intensive "in-the-field" experiences.

In addition to an opening of horizons and exposure to new experiences, this kind of learning helps you develop valuable lifelong skills like communicative empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility, and a greater sensitivity to differences resulting from diverse interpersonal and cultural approaches. Consider the following reflections by students who have studied abroad for a variety of reasons: