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Hey everybody, I was recently able to attend an informational presentation of the study abroad program. I know studying abroad looks good on your resume, so I thought I would share the information with you all! First, here is some basic info for those who are interested. Here at Villanova, you must have at least a 2.75 GPA, you must be a full-time student and its recommended that you have at least three semesters completed. During your time abroad, you must be enrolled in three to six classes and you must earn at least a C for the credit to transfer. Although these grades will appear on your transcript, it will not affect your overall GPA. If you have any specific questions, you could go to Annelise Laughlin or your OEA advisor.

A few benefits of studying abroad that Annelise mentioned, and that I think would relate to our common goal of professional development are academic discovery, personal growth, cross cultural understanding and career exploration. The exclusion of study abroad grades from your GPA creates an opportunity for academic discovery. If you’re someone who worries about your GPA, this would be the time to take that risky class that you are interested in, but might not excel at. Furthermore, while the content might be similar to classes you would take here in the states, the experience will be different based on the educational practices of the country you choose. For example, my sister studied abroad in Spain, and there was more emphasis on showing what youhadlearned rather than trying to prove you have learned all of the content. These alternative perspectives are not limited to the classroom. By living in another country your cross-cultural understanding will improve. Given the global nature of professional world today, it can only benefit you to have potential commonality with possible business partners or customers. These benefits aren’t just for professional growth, but also personal growth. Being exposed to different food, languages and social activities gives you a wider sense of the world and of yourself. You have to learn how to be self-reliant and adaptive in the absence of parents and your normal routine. Being in this situation which is not limited by the same conditions experience at home creates opportunity for career exploration. When you see that the world has a greater diversity of social relations than you have experienced in your home country, it allows you to see yourself as fitting in to more roles than you may have previously. 

What do you all think? Has anybody already studied abroad and do you have any advice to offer us? What country or programs would you recommend to go to? Which country would you like to go? Well that’s all for today folks! If you need any help don’t hesitate to ask me and I’ll direct you to Annelise Laughlin! Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for my next blog!