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Top Four Benefits of Studying High School Abroad

Although study abroad programs are highly popular in college circles, did you know they are also available to high school students? It may be sad to leave your friends behind, but try finding a teenager who studied abroad and didn’t absolutely love it. You’ll be 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 youth has to offer.

As we grow older, our list of responsibilities also gets longer. Work, spouse or partner, children – you’ll be too tied up to travel to enjoy another country for longer than a typical vacation. If you’ve always dreamt of living abroad, start preparing now while you still have the freedom you need. High schools are generally supportive to students who want to study abroad or even just spend the summer to try something fresh and 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 is 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, with globalization at hand, being adept at more than one language is always an edge when you talk about work opportunities.

4. It’s a great opportunity to improve your view of the world and your position in it.

We are at the mercy of the experiences and places we find ourselves in growing up. However, that can be changed when we make smart decisions. Each and every corner of the world works uniquely from the rest, but you won’t actually realize that you have first-hand experience. The Internet and even books are not enough. 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.