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Books on Study Abroad

An article helping Indian students to choose good books on international study. It suggests some good books which may be helpful for study abroad.

Antony Chacko

The book ‘Ultimate Study Abroad Guide’ recounts the author’s experience of studying abroad. It covers every aspect of the study abroad journey, ranging from college applications to visa requirements.

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People nowadays are writing books on everything from dieting to death. So I wasn’t much surprised to find some interesting titles on studying abroad, during my recent visit to the bookstore in my neighbourhood. If you have decided to go abroad for further study, you will be reading up anything you lay your eyes on about studying abroad. These books will come handy and can really educate you about a lot of things you didn’t even realise were important to survive your trip abroad.

Here are a few books on study abroad:

‘The Ultimate Study Abroad Guide’

By Nate Nault

Nate Nault recounts his experiences of study abroad in this interesting book. The Guide covers everything from general application and visa requirements, to getting adjusted in a foreign country and dealing with homesickness, what to expect when you come home and everything in between. It also includes a detailed packing list, useful tips on travel, and financial advice. The best way to reduce stress and make the most of your time abroad!

‘Study Abroad 101’

By Wendy Williamson

In this book, Wendy helps students with 101 straightforward questions and answers about studying abroad, from before you apply to after you return home.

‘Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada’

By Charles Lipson

This book is designed to help students deal with the various issues they will encounter- from choosing a program to landing a campus job. Based on Lipson’s work with international students as well as extensive interviews with faculty and advisers, the book includes practical tips and advice for learning English, participating in class, and meeting with faculty. The book explains the rules of academic honesty as they are understood in U.S. and Canadian universities. Students also get an insight into life beyond the classroom, with handy sections on living on or off campus.

‘Study Abroad: How to Get the Most Out of Your Experience’

By Michele-Marie Dowell&Kelly P. Mirsky

Through personalized exercises, this workbook guides students to fully capitalize on their study abroad experience. Twenty-eight exercises invite learners to take an active role not only in their own preparation for the study abroad experience, but for their personal, academic, and professional growth. The book covers personal and professional development, learning about another culture, and learning a language. Each strand of development is addressed at the three crucial phases of the experience: before, during and after the sojourn.  The book is arranged workbook-style with space for journaling and adding your own thoughts.

Maximizing Study Abroad: A Student's Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use

By R. Michael Paige, Andrew D. Cohen, Barbara Kappler, Julie C. Chi and James P. Lassegard

This flexible guide provides specific strategies for improving your language and culture learning so your time spent abroad will be as meaningful and productive as you hope. The guide begins with three surveys to help you recognize how you currently learn language and culture. The remaining sections are filled with tools, creative activities, and advice you can use to enhance your culture and language learning. Use this guide as you prepare for study aboard, during your experience, and once you return –for getting the best out of your trip abroad.

The Global Classroom: An Essential Guide to Study Abroad (International Studies Intensives)

By Jeffrey S. Lantis and Jessica DuPlaga

This book tells you the story of why and how students can optimally benefit and grow from their experiences before, during, and after study abroad. The book is filled with examples, suggestions, websites, and contacts that anyone can use, for a holistic experience abroad. The lengthy list of selected resources help students plan and learn about their study abroad experience. The book also covers such practical matters as health, safety and keeping in touch with family back home.

Also worth watching out for is the upcoming book titled ‘Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad, 2012-2014’ by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber, to be published in December 2011.

Wondering how to start with your study abroad process?

Jenifer G Jenifer G,
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