Why Most Students Don’t Study Abroad

Less than 10 percent of students study abroad. You’d think that number would be higher given the experience that you gain, but for some reason more students don’t decide to go. We found  the nine biggest reasons students give for not studying abroad.

Here’s why (the biggest reason is at the bottom):

Wary of another country and culture

Really? Experiencing a different country and culture should be considered a reason to study abroad. You should relish the opportunity and take it all in. They eat at different times (and different foods), they speak a different language, and follow different sports. 

I will be away from my boyfriend or girlfriend

Think of it as a true test of your relationship 🙂

Difficult to live away from family and friends

Ok, what if you studied abroad in the 70s, 80s, or even 90s and you were limited to writing actual letters and the occasional albeit, expensive, phone call. This data was compiled in 2013, but even since then we have made leaps and bounds when it comes to communicating with services like Snapchat. It can be hard, but your family will be happy (and excited) for you. You’re friends? They’ll be jealous. Plus you’ll make new friends along the way.

Obtaining a student visa

This varies by country and your study abroad advisor will walk you through every step of the way. It is what they are there for.

Concerned about the health services and costs

You should understand that when you study abroad, your health is taken seriously. Your counselor, school, and guidance system will make sure that you have the proper international health insurance before you go. As a matter of fact, they won’t let you leave without it. As far as cost is concerned, international health insurance is extremely affordable.  

Not confident enough with a foreign language

If you decide to go to a non english speaking country this should be looked at as a blessing as a disguise. Learning a new language is a great way to distinguish yourself when looking for a job. If you have experience with language learning you have probably heard that immersion is the best way to learn. As someone who failed their high school spanish class I can tell you from experience that it definitely is.

Security issues with the host country

This isn’t just a concern for students, but for anyone who is thinking about going to a different country. If you do a little research about the country and city you want live in,  it is less dangerous than where you are living now. It is kind of like people who get scared of flying on an airplane even though they have a higher chance of getting killed in a car. 

Their credits won’t transfer

Umm, they will. You can find all of this out prior to making a selection of city and host school. This is the second biggest fear students have when thinking about studying abroad but by far the easiest hurdle to jump.

They can’t afford it

If you take it at face value this one makes sense; students are broke to begin with. They’ve got loans, they’ve got jobs, and they just don’t have the time or money to go. Studying abroad can be more expensive than an your average semester of tuition, but if you’re smart about it you will find that it is affordable. Loans, grants, jobs, and sublets are just a few ways you can finance your time abroad.

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Published: March 23, 2018