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Benefits of Being an Exchange Student

Exchange students remain enrolled in their current college and they continue to pay their tuition, retaining any existing scholarship.

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The opportunity to live in a foreign country, experience a new college environment and mingle with a new set of students will expand your outlook and network. You could even learn a whole new language

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When you're in college, all you think about is when it will end. You feel the urge to show the world what you've learned and do not really realize that the student life is a stage, which is really cool and comfortable. During the time that you are under the school and your parent’s responsibility, you might even afford to experience many things, it is just about learning. When you finish and you're faced with reality, you may ask yourself: so, what now? What shall I do? You begin to realize that until then, your only real responsibility was to get good grades to match the investment of your parents in your education. Many of us even had to help at home or work part time and have money to blow.

How about enjoying everything to the fullest? Have you considered studying abroad? While there are many benefits, don’t believe that you will automatically unlock the doors and have more opportunities. Truth is those who want to learn and be good at what they do can always stand out.

However, the benefits brought when being an exchange student are many. For instance:

  • They are exempt from the academic costs in foreign college and/or universities.
  • They must simply cover their transportation costs, lodging, meals, and medical insurance together with local mobility and study materials.
  • Upon their return, they are also exempt from the costs of reinstatement and recognition.

More Advantages

Exchange students remain enrolled in their current college and they continue to pay their tuition, retaining any existing scholarship. Moreover, the courses taken during the exchange program - previously authorized - are usually revalidated 100%. Furthermore, living the experience of studying in a different institution, living with other cultures, making contacts for further studying programs is priceless. Students get a chance to expand their international outlook. They can also improve their second language.

Good news is that the International Relations area usually seeks to minimize costs and fully simplify the many procedures, guiding the student in all the things that are necessary. However, there are inevitable requirements that are to be met. Experts encourage students to find out as much information as possible. An earlier search on the host college, courses, insurance, costs, city and country, are absolutely indispensable and will be of much help in order to reduce the possibilities of unexpected events. What are you waiting for? It is time to start executing the steps for your exchange.

Main Goal

As previously mentioned, exchange students get many benefits since the main purpose of these programs is to fully contribute to the integral formation of students, in a globalized environment, enabling them to exercise social and also professional leadership in the workplace. Exchange students can establish academic links with other institutions, both, nationally and internationally.

Get ready to get real. You will fully enjoy your time abroad. Find out which program may be suitable.

 

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