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Published On: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

Why Should I Send My High School Student to Study Abroad?

Looking for that extra edge for your child to stand out amongst the masses of college applications? Consider sending them to a semester abroad program. Not just another club or sports team, an experience overseas provides your son or daughter the well-rounded presentation they need to have that leg up toward university acceptance.

How do you find the right program? There are schools overseas that are specially designed for American students, providing services for AP test preparation and accommodation for things like unique language requirements of tough academic programs, while offering aninteractive and riveting educational focus on thelocal history. Many have relationships with universities and offer students college credits for completing the special curriculum designed for these study abroad participants. So your child will start their university studies ahead of the game, with certain requirements banked in advance.

Yishai Montgomery, aka the "Guitar Hero"   photo/ twitter

Yishai Montgomery, aka the “Guitar Hero” photo/ twitter

Your son or daughter can go overseas for a semester in their high school years and come back with a heightened appreciation for world news, and an expanded perspective on humanity. Encourage your son or daughter to experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. They’ll have the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of their host nation. After living within another culture, even one that might speak the same language, they’ll have an affinity towards wisdom and tolerance. There’s no better way to obtain a broad and unbiased world view than to spend time in new places.  

Does your baby say that s/he wants to travel the world or bum around Europe? Why wait until graduation and spend money on dingy youth hostels? Study abroad programs provide beautiful campuses with safe resident life while providing an exciting travel experience. Your child will have all the same travel experiences like using different kinds of electrical outlets, different currencies, older buildings, etc. while engaging in academic studies with a group of staff ready and able to help them in any way they need.

Students that study abroad while still in high school are better prepared for the college experience as well, having already lived away from home.When they return from their program abroad, they’ll have a new perspective on culture and language skills, they’ll have received a respectable and unique education, and they’ll have placed a value on learning.  And studies have shown that they obtain greater overall success in the work-force. Taking on extra responsibility for personal well-being at an early age leads to maturity after having an additional layer of conscientious thinking infused into their formative years.

Sure, you’ll have to be willing to manage your own parental angst that comes with distance and separation, but technology has got you covered. No longer needing to rely on shoddy telephone connections and Aerograms, today there are myriad apps such as Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp, among others, that allow you to stay in constant communication across the world instantaneously and for free.

The reasons to send your child on a study abroad program are myriad. They’ll have the time of their lives while gaining important skills and experiences that will set them head and shoulders above their peers. Speak to your guidance counselor about opportunities that are right for you and your family.

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Guest Author: Vincent Dexter

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Eurozone map photo/Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union wikimedia commons

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