Studying Abroad

Cinque Terre, Italy

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but I will say it again. If you have the opportunity to, you need to study abroad. Studying abroad is an amazing experience and I highly recommend it. At no other time in your life will you have the opportunity to pack up your life for a couple months, move to another country, take unique classes for college credit, and immerse yourself in a different country’s culture.

I studied abroad in the summer of 2016 right after I finished up my freshman year of college. I decided to study in Viterbo, Italy, which is a little town about 2 hours north of Rome and 2 hours south of Florence. I only went abroad for the first summer session and then I decided to travel for 2 weeks around Europe afterwards. If I could do it again though, I would recommend going for the entire summer or a semester. 5 weeks was not enough time.

During my time abroad, I lived inside the city of Viterbo while taking an introduction to Italian class, and an Italian architecture class at the Universita Delgi Studi della Tuscia. I learned so much about Italy in these classes and I thought my Italian professors were amazing.

What’s great about Europe, is that once you get there, it is so cheap to get all over the continent. During my time abroad, I flew to Athens, Greece for only 59 euros. The trains are also fairly cheap. From Viterbo to Rome, the train was only 5 euros. And the fast train from Rome to Venice was only 25 euros. You can even stay in nice hostels in different cities around Europe for a cheap price. My hostel in Greece was only 39 euros a night and it was a very clean and comfortable place.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, here are the top 10 reasons why you should study abroad:

  1. As a college student, you have no baggage. You don’t have a family of your own yet and so you don’t have to worry about anyone but yourself.
  2. There is no better way to fully immerse yourself in a culture.
  3. The food. That should be a deciding factor on its own.
  4. You will get to see the world. Again, once you are in Europe, its cheap and easy to get to other locations.
  5. Experience other types of education.
  6. Potentially learn another language.
  7. Gain independence and learn more about yourself.
  8. Be spontaneous and adventurous at any time.
  9. Learn to appreciate your home, university, and family more.
  10. You will get to make friends and meet people from all over the world.

After studying abroad, I realized how much I love to travel and experience different cultures all over the world. I have so many more places that I would love to go to one day, and I know that traveling is a good way to help find my balance.

How do you find balance? Comment below and let me know!

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2 thoughts on “Studying Abroad

  1. I know this doesn’t really answer your question but where was your favorite place you visited in Italy? I studied abroad in Torino and studied at the Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale through the Universita Delgi Studi della Torino. The classes I took there were surprisingly challenging and thought-provoking but I really reveled in the opportunity to get into the culture- be it going to a Juventus game, going wine tasting in Le Langhe, shopping at Eataly or the Lingotto, going to Venice for Carnivale… those were the real gems of the trip.

    Anyway, I totally second this, studying abroad was a critical part of my growth as a person and I couldn’t recommend it more highly to anybody else. If you get a chance, there are shorter-term study abroad options through the school of business that are also excellent- I have made it to Sydney and New York which were both excellent educational opportunities and are also well worth the time and money.

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    1. I have been considering studying abroad through the college of business and possibly going to New York or even Toronto!

      I am glad that you enjoyed studying abroad as much as I did. In Italy, my favorite place was actually Cinque Terre. I had such a great weekend there and I loved it. The Amalfi Coast was a close second! I loved Venice and Rome too, but those are already very popular places to go to. And I sadly hated Milan. I had a horrible experience all the way around. But I do want to go back one day and visit again to have a new experience there!

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