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Is studying abroad for a few weeks worth it?

Sep 10, 2015

Is studying abroad for a few weeks worth it?Students who take a short trip to another country feel almost as much benefit as those who go for a year, according to a new survey.

Students who went abroad said that it helped them in a number of ways, with most agreeing that they were more committed to their degree, expected to get a better result and thought that studying in another country would help them to find a job once they graduated. Almost all of them said that they had become more independent and confident.

But spending longer outside the UK didn't make much difference to the students surveyed, especially when it came to confidence, independence and understanding of other cultures.

The results suggest that not being able to take a year abroad doesn't mean you can't get some of the benefits of travelling during your studies. However, the research only looked at how students felt about their experience, not at the actual effects on their results or careers – so it's still important to think carefully about which experiences wil be best for you, especially if you're interested in an international career.

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