Disadvantages of Studying Abroad

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a Survey Item| % Full Year| % Fall 
Semester| % Spring Semester| % Summer | % Total|
Personal Development|
Increased self-confidence| 98%| 95%| 96%| 97%| 96%|
Served as a catalyst for increased maturity| 98%| 97%| 97%| 95%| 97%| Has had a lasting impact on world view| 97%| 95%| 94%| 92%| 95%| Academic Commitment|
Enhanced interest in academic study| 81%| 80%| 79%| 84%| 80%| Influenced subsequent educational experiences| 91%| 85%| 86%| 84%| 87%| Reinforced commitment to foreign language study| 88%| 83%| 85%| 90%| 86%| Intercultural Development|

Helped me better understand my own cultural values and biases| 99%| 97%| 97%| 95%| 98%| Influenced me to seek out a greater diversity of friends| 94%| 88%| 89%| 86%| 90%| Continues to influence interactions with people from different cultures| 97%| 93%| 92%| 92%| 94%| Career development|

Acquired skill sets that influenced career path| 82%| 73%| 74%| 71%| 76%| Ignited an interest in a career direction pursued after the experience| 70%| 57%| 59%| 59%| 62%|

#1 Disadvantage of studying abroad: You are not a genius
Reality is hard, I know. Studying in another country does not mean you will learn English or other languages magically. I remember the father of one of my friends: he was British and uses to live in France for 3 years. But he could not speak French because he never tried to learn it. Of course living abroad will help you to understand the language better, but if you do not talk, you will not improve.  That is why you need to pay attention and study, but be reassured because you live in that country it should make study easier and faster. #2 Disadvantage of studying abroad: You are alone

Even if our society is more and more communicative and even if you are closer to your family and friends thanks to Skype, msn, Facebook and others, it still does not mean it is any easier to study abroad half way round the world. Are...
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