Chances are you’ve heard of study abroad—maybe you spent time on a program yourself as a student. Spending a semester or year in another country is a fantastic way for students to learn another language, experience another culture, and gain international experience.
And while you might typically associate studying abroad with college, it can be an amazing experience for high school students as well. A year abroad can help your child gain independence, build practical life skills, and give them a decisive edge in the increasingly competitive college admissions process. What’s more, students who have proficiency in a second language can often place out of introductory college courses or take more advanced ones.
If your son or daughter is excited by the challenge of exploring the unknown, interested in learning a new language, and eager to be immersed themselves in a new community and culture, studying abroad could be a wonderful opportunity.