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Studying abroad

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Publicado 09 Octubre 2012

Have you thought about studying abroad? Can you imagine what an adventure it would be to live in another country for a year or more? Everything would be new. Many things would be totally different from what you are accustomed to. You'd be out of your "comfort zone." You'd be taking a giant leap towards being a citizen of the world. Just imagine yourself abroad. Where would YOU want to go?

When I was a student in California I wanted to go to Mexico and Spain. I was lucky. I got to go to both. Where would YOU go if you could go next year? What country would you like to really get to know?

And while you're there you'll want to visit other countries. You'll want to travel around. I don't know about you but I still have a lot of countries on my "bucket list".

In 2009-2010, according to the Institute of International Education, the top 10 countries which hosted U.S. students were: United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, China, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Ireland and Costa Rica. Yeah Spain! Some day I'd love to go to all those countries. Which one would you choose to stay in for a year?
-Wendy

Vocabulary:

giant leap: un gran salto
citizen: ciudadano
was lucky: tuve suerte
towards being: para ser (después de preposición, excepto "to", gerund= verb + ing)
"bucket" list: "cubo", lista de cosas que quieres hacer
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Comentarios (19)
Elena Rivas (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi, I would like studying abroad, for example in France. I would like see the momuments in this country and eat one croisant in the Eiffel tower before study whit the france people.

Concha Garrido (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

When I read this article I remembered to the words of Bill Clinton when he visited the UEM, he spoke about globalization, he said the world will be a small place for future generations. A few years ago I could not imagine the great opportunities we have now to make part of our studies in other countries and learn about other cultures. We must profit the facilities that the office of internationality of UEM gives us to make the “giant leap” that proposes Wendy. "Which one would you choose to stay in for a year? " my answer is: California of course!! Best regards.

María Elena Día... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

When I was a medical student I wish stint studying in another country, such as California, which could having learned the English language and also meet new people, sites with different customs, climate, food, transportation and other habits, to allow me to compare with what is experienced and known so far.

Victor Flores (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I think studying abroad is very important for all students, because it opens your mind to new things, new experiences, etc. that will be useful in the future. I know it, because I’m from Venezuela and I left to study abroad. It’s a rewarding experience. My other comment is related to the stands installed between buildings B and C. September 24th-28th. New students found a “guia del estudiante” there and a lot of information related to the Library, Clubs and the Language Center of course. I remember you were at that stand, providing information related to the Language Center. I think it is important to exalt the good things about UEM, among which is the Language Center.

Lara Gallego Ossona (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I think studying abroad is necessary, not luxury. Even in challenging economic times studying abroad as part of our students’ education is a vital investment. If we want a new generation of leaders and innovators who can be effective in an even more globalized world, sending our students overseas is not a luxury. It's a necessity.

Gustavo Rodriguez (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

As a teacher I show my students the relevance to travel, to know new cultures and lifestyles. In my opinion studying abroad is a great opportunity to grow up and improve background.

Aida Fonseca (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Having the option to study abroad for a time is an opportunity that musn´t be missed. One of the most beautiful period of my life that I remember is my visit as a student in Scarborough and in Westgate-On-Sea. If I could come back to the past, I would do it again.

Gerónimo Fernández (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Twenty years ago, in Spain, the people went studying abroad for to made the doctoral thesis or post-doctoral stay. With the Erasmus programme studying abroad is something common in the Spanish student. I think that the studying abroad is good to personal development, to improve the foreign language and to know other ways to student and to work. The main handicap to go abroad may be the fear to unknown and mistrust in the skill of the foreign language. I would like go to USA for postdoctoral stay in a research laboratory.

Cesar Martin de... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I would love to spend a year in Australia, besides being able to improve my english, is a country where nature is all around, and there are plenty of places to get lost, like beaches, long roads, etc. .., and its far enough so that my mother in law does not find me ever,

Enrique Gragera... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Besides being an adventure, I think it is the best way to learn a language, so my priority would be an English-speaking country. The United States or United Kingdom, in that order. I think a year in New York would be a fascinating experience, and from there I could visit other places in the USA.

Victor Díaz-Flores (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I'm teaching dentistry at UEM and I want my students to do this experience, we are plannig to do an international experience next year. I hope we learn a lot!

MjMolina (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Studying abroad is an fascinating experience or adventure!!! For me, it was rewarding when I was living in Morocco, England and Bolivia. It is an interesting opportunity for living in another culture with different customes and people. I was fortunate enough to be able to live it. When you live and study abroad you keep an open midn on the life. I will advise it!!!

Ziggy (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Studying abroad is an enriching experience in many ways. To start off, it allows you to experience other cultures that you may not be too familiar with. Even though you may be moving to a country that has some resonance to your own, there are always eye/opening situations that slap you in the face with a reality that might bite. In my humble opinion, any experience abroad will always be beneficial if you are have yourself learn from each moment, even though it might be different from the environment that you feel comfortable in. Try it, there-s nothing to lose! Hakunamatata

Juan Luis Gonzalez (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I was one month at a University in another country last September. It was a great experience. I learned a lot about the history and culture of the country and also I met good friends.

B1_T4M_MANELCANSADO (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I have been thinking about studying aboard and the first place that maybe I would go is USA or China. Although I'm frightened to think about how will be it, because you are living far of your homeland and family. I can tell you that this won't be the worst of all, the worst is the fact that you will be alone with all the troubles and that all the things are a new difficult challenge, so you don't know how face it!! However as my mother say we must always see the positive part from everything done and the positive of that is that you will improve or enrich your abilities and your mind, but how will you think? Each challenge got over is a new skill for you and as you are very alert you will learn a lot of new things like improve your language, cook, chores,... Although China and USA aren't the unique places that I would be, there are another places that I want to visit, but only for pleasure not to study.

B1_T4M_Irene He... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I would really like to study abroad. I love travel around the world and it’s a very good opportunity to visit new places and meet new people. I don’t care what country travel but if I had chosen, I would travel to the U.S., Norway, Britain, Australia or Canada. These are the places that I find most interesting. I would like to study abroad this summer, in one of the courses that the university offers, but I’ve been very busy studying for my exams and I think that I missed the deadline. So, in June, when I finish exams, I’ll inform about how to make an ERASMUS or another grant in my third year of my degree. I have a friend who has a scholarship to go the U.S. next year and he had to run errands since last summer. I hope to study abroad someday.

Roger Ricomà B2.T52 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

In my opinion studying abroad is a rewarding experience. While you are studying in another country you learn a lot about a different culture and a different way to do things. It helps to continue growing as a person and to develop the personal experience. In my case, I am stuudying sports management and I would like to go in two years to California to study during six months or one year.

Elsa B2. T52 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Since the ERASMUS beggan working many students had have the chance to study abroad and probably have one of the bests experience during student´s life. besides it is a way of studying in another language and with different styles, the adventure of living in a foreign country and meet students from other universities of the world is very rewarding and useful for professional future.

Rafael Ferruz O... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

It would be great, but depending on the person, someone very talkative may be great but someone shy might find it boring, althought all the values that are waiting to be known, so in my opinion we must give it a chance.

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