A Series on Study Abroad: Introduction

Photo Credit/Roman Klementschitz. Imagine being able to take classes and travel to captivating places at the same time. I took a similar photo during the 2016 Summer A program in Greece. It is a shot of the town Merichas on the Greek island of Kythnos.

Photo Credit/Roman Klementschitz. Imagine being able to take classes and travel to captivating places at the same time. I took a similar photo during the 2016 Summer A program in Greece. It is a shot of the town Merichas on the Greek island of Kythnos.

Keenan Thungtrakul/Senior Reporter

For those who are looking for an opportunity to travel while earning credits, you should consider studying abroad. Conducted during either a summer term, a regular term, or even a full academic year, these programs allow students to immerse themselves in other cultures as well as explore other countries.

You might be tempted to think your classes will be held in classrooms at partner universities, but that is not the case for every program. For longterm programs like foreign exchange, you will be based at a partner university and have class there. You will practically “live” in the other country for the duration of the program.

For short-term programs, you will probably have some of your classes at an educational institution, but you might also have class in a public area such as a cafe, a restaurant, a hotel reception center, or even on a beach. One motto for the summer study-abroad programs is “anywhere but a classroom”. That motto held true for the program in which I participated. This program took me on an adventure across parts of Greece, with classes held in a variety of locations, none of which resembled a classroom here on campus. While the setup can mimic a classroom, the surroundings tell you that it is only temporary.

This may seem like a dream come true, but there is a hidden catch behind these colors. Like anything college, it costs big-time money. But the good news is that it’s comparable to standard Embry-Riddle summer tuition. For such a program, it may be the same price or less. A promotion presentation slide from last year said that it cost less to go abroad than it does to stay on campus for the summer. While the program itself costs less, there are still personal expenses to factor in like with any travel plan. For those who can afford this opportunity, by all means consider it. Not only can studying abroad could help you grow personally, but also professionally. More on this along with some anecdotes in next issue’s article.