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Top Four Benefits of Studying High School Abroad

Study abroad programs may be completely popular among college students, but did you know high school students can also sign up for them? If you think leaving your friends is sad, try finding one teenage student who studied abroad and didn’t love all of it. You’ll end up frustrated?

Below are the most common advantages of studying high school abroad (and this is only the tip of the iceberg):

1. You have all the time and energy for it.

As we grow older, our list of responsibilities also gets longer. Career, spouse or partner, kids – you’ll be too busy to visit and enjoy another country for longer than a usual vacation would take. If you’ve always dreamt of living abroad, start preparing now while you still have the freedom you need. High schools are often high supportive of students who want to take a year or even a summer to explore something different.
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2. There are more opportunities.
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Not just your freedom dwindles with age, but the opportunities as well that come with youth. Making exchange and study abroad programs possible is the structured education system adopted by schools worldwide. If there is no such structure that can facilitate the exchange, you will be restricted to traveling abroad for planned vacations, or moving there on your own time in the future. Foreign exchange student programs are fairly easy to be accepted into and are no longer available to after graduation.

3. Learning comes easier.

In youth, our bodies continue to develop and our brains work at ideal speeds. That is why you can pick up a language much faster and easier when you’re immersed in a foreign country as a teenager, than as an older adult. Besides, considering the rapid globalization our world is going through, knowing more than one language is always an advantage when it comes to work opportunities.

4. It’s an exciting opportunity to improve your perspective of the world and where you are in it.

We are at the mercy of the experiences and places we find ourselves in growing up. The good thing is, smart decisions can change all that. Each and every corner of the world works uniquely from the rest, but you won’t actually realize that you have first-hand experience. Books and the Internet can replace that. Travel gives people a different view of how things go on in the world and what things are important. Learning this at a young age puts you a step ahead of your peers in making decisions as to what you want in your life and what really matters to you.