Attention Getter: If you want to learn about someone walk a mile in their shoes. What greater way is there to understand another culture’s point of view than studying abroad? Studying abroad is a life changing opportunity that benefits not only you but our nation and the world. Central Idea: I am going to tell you how you can during college by studying abroad. Establish Credibility: for the past couple of weeks I have been researching this topic, and because of what I have learned from this research I have decided to study abroad at some point during my college years. Preview Statement: First I will define what studying abroad is. Secondly I will discuss the benefits that studying abroad gives you. Thirdly I will talk about how affordable studying abroad is and the scholarships that are possible. Lastly I will give you a visualization.
A. What study abroad is, well the education board for abroad defines studying abroad simply as a program in which students attend school in a country outside the United States and receive academic credit toward their major. Which here at USI, there are over 50 different countries that you could choose to study abroad in, according to the USI international website. B. Think of what studying abroad can do for your career. Studying abroad is so much fun you will forget that you are gaining academic credit while visiting another country. Not to mention the knowledge and experience that can help you succeed in future career options. The studying abroad experience is a great addition to any resume and can help you snag the job of your choice. By studying aboard it gives you that extra edge that employers might be looking for according to CNN.com. Employer’s desks are covered with stacks of applications but your experience from studying abroad will set you apart from other well qualified applicants.
C. A common myth most people think is that studying abroad is expensive, but it actually is affordable. Most students don’t believe that they can get scholarships for study abroad. In 2007, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would add more than $80 million every year to study abroad scholarships according to Hose of Representative members Salisbury, Umbach, and Pauslen. Most students look for financial scholarships, when they should be looking for ability based scholarships. Lots of money goes untouched and there are a lot of scholarships for everyone going abroad, even professionals, according to Kruempelmann
. Here are some tips that you can follow on slide 6 here. D. Try to picture a world where people are not allowed to leave the country that they are born in. Imagine the consequences we would face if we ignored the world around us. Lack of knowledge and understanding of other cultures could lead to disaster. Every culture benefits from the values, beliefs, traditions, and experiences of other cultures. The world is a better place when there is understanding among different cultures. Therefore, if you study abroad you can be an essential part of keeping the world together.
A. The rising benefits of studying abroad are undeniable and affordable! Going to a different country can be scary, but it can also be fun! You learn a different culture, language, and view on the world. There will be so many stories that you will never forget about from your time abroad. You will not regret it. B. I leave you with this quote from Henry Miller “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.