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Five Reasons to Help Convince Your Parents to Let You Study Abroad

by Jill Robinson

You have studied Europe on a Shoestring front to back, worked overtime to save for a flight and you know how to say “I’m lost, can you help me?” in the appropriate language. Now it’s just a matter of convincing your parents that studying abroad is a good idea. Here are five reasons why traveling and living overseas is more than a cultural experience, but an investment in your future.

1. Studying abroad teaches you life lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom.

Being immersed in a new culture can be terrifying, but also really exciting and inspiring. Living abroad will help you develop a sense of resourcefulness and independence, as well as the ability to adapt to new situations you can’t experience in your hometown. Just gaining confidence in learning the public transportation system will carry over to future travels.  group in italy

2. When you study abroad, your resume will instantly stand out.

When you study overseas, you are setting yourself apart from most applicants. Whether it’s to apply for college, or for a job;  your education in Spain is a wonderful way to move your way to the top of a pile of resumes. Your trip abroad shows that you have the ability to adapt to new surroundings, people and ideas. This is critical in any environment, whether it’s educational or professional. Working World‘s website offers an article and video explaining how living abroad can give you three key skill sets that will help you advance at the professional level.

3. Living abroad allows you to travel.

Studying in another country also gives you the opportunity to travel in foreign areas. This is a wonderful way to really see and interact with a new culture. Too often we feel a 5-day vacation  is sufficient in understanding a place. Studying abroad gives you a much broader time frame to explore and meet new people.

D. Ransom in j4. There is no better place to learn a language.

When learning a new language, there is no better classroom than learning in the country that speaks that language. Survival skills set in when you MUST pick up phrases and slang and other simple sentences. Being able to speak a second language is also one more advantage in the work force and in future travels. When you can communicate, you learn about others on a level way beyond the usual tourist.

5. We are a global community, and understanding diverse cultures is critical to a working society.

With our ever-advancing technology, the ability to communicate on a global scale makes the world smaller. Learning to be open-minded and understanding of different cultures and traditions is the first step in a peaceful community.


About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


3 thoughts on “Five Reasons to Help Convince Your Parents to Let You Study Abroad

  1. Wow! This post is really very appreciable. I think some new things if you add to your post like current affairs will increase It is popularity. your post is very advantageous for me and very good. Thanks a lot. I did a lot of research about how much better US universities were compared to Germany universities, how much shorter my study time would be, and what the projected costs would be.

    Posted by Best Tourism Info | June 4, 2010, 10:44 am
  2. Thank you for posting those 5 points, Jill. I have studied abroad myself and I remember how hard it was to convince my dad to let me go. I did a lot of research about how much better US universities were compared to Germany universities, how much shorter my study time would be, and what the projected costs would be. All this effort showed my dad, that this was not just an idea, but something that I really wanted. I left more than 3 years ago, completed my BA and my MBA in the US and now daddy is prouder than never! 😉

    If you need more arguments to convince your parents, check out my blog post on 10 reasons to study abroad

    Posted by Maria | August 7, 2009, 2:46 am

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