Study abroad is worth the cost

Even with a struggling economy and increasing unemployment rates, the university study abroad programs are still going strong. University study abroad rates have only been slightly impacted during the past few years of economic downturn, a university study abroad official said.

Plenty of students are looking for a little adventure to another country.

However living abroad can cost you. Is studying abroad really worth all that money? If your only reason for going is to sip martinis on the coast of Spain, probably not. But for those students who are looking to broaden their horizons past the U.S. borders, studying abroad can be both beneficial and life-changing.

Our university’s mission statement encourages us “to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.” What better way to learn how to do that than to immerse ourselves in a community other than our own for a little while?

For students majoring or minoring in a foreign language, time spent in a country where that language is spoken can enhance their skills exponentially. Imagine speaking French in class two or three times a week for three semesters versus speaking it every day for four months.

Yes, studying abroad can take a chunk out of your bank account. If all you care about is the fact that British accents are cute, consider staying home. But if you’re going with the intention of getting an enriching cultural experience, go for it. After all, studying abroad really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Web editor Rachel Wilson for the editorial board.