5 Reasons College Students Should Not Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a new phenomena that people have embraced. So why should college students shy away from this trend?

1. You probably will not get a better education overseas.

Even though it’s easy to take them for granted, American universities are pretty phenomenal. People come from all over the world to go to school in the United States. And, contrary to what many seem to believe, college is school. At the end of the day, universities are meant to provide you with the best scholarly education — and you wont find anyplace better than the good old US of A.

2. It’s expensive.

Sure, universities in the U.S. cost a lot of money — room, board, meals and whatnot. Although universities abroad don’t charge nearly as much tuition as American schools, most universities still force students to pay regular tuition for a semester in addition to paying for long flights and expensive city life in the respective abroad city.

3. You can step out of your comfort zone in your college town.

One of the biggest reasons students cite for going abroad is “stepping out of his/her comfort zone.” But it seems that they neglect that its completely possible (and perhaps more challenging) to step out of their culture zone while in college. Evidently, when you travel, you experience new cultures and new people — but most of the time new cultures and experiences are just a dorm room away. In fact, it may be more challenging to seek out new cultures and experiences within your university life — finding new campus organizations, nearby hang out spots and communities. Once you settle into your own college bubble, it’s hard to make new friends. But you don’t have to go away to do it.

4. Now is not the only time in your life you can travel or live abroad.

Most often times, students will cite study abroad as a once in a lifetime opportunity — the only time in their existence they can live abroad. This is certainly not the case. Nothing is stopping you from applying for a position overseas after graduation, joining the Peace Corps or volunteering for an international organization during a summer. Plus, who knows where your life will take you? Its naïve to assume you’ll never be able to live abroad again. You make your own decisions — you could make it happen.

5. You miss out.

Even though you may be having a great time in (insert European city here), you only get four years at college. Students will try to stay in touch, but it’s hard. Back in College World, life goes on without you. Clubs elect new leaders, friends figure out housing situations for the following year, people date and break up — and you watch (some of) it happen over Skype. And before you know it, you’re walking across a stage towards a diploma having missed five months worth of college stories you’ll never get back. By that point you may realize that short time in London probably wasn’t worth it. 

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Maggie Cleary

Maggie Cleary is a senior at Georgetown University, double majoring in Philosophy and American Studies. Originally from Springfield, Virginia, Maggie is currently the Chair of the DC Federation of College Republicans. Maggie is involved in two debate clubs on campus—the Philodemic Society and the Ethics Debate Club. She enjoys long distance running (completing the Richmond Marathon in 2011 and 2013). When Maggie isn’t debating politics or running, she is secretly a very big fan of the series "The Bachelor."

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