Study Abroad and Gain International Experience

international-experienceIt’s without question that traveling abroad can bring a wealth of rich and unparalleled experiences. But for many students, the challenge isn’t deciding where to travel or what program to apply to; it’s getting your parents’ or guardians’ permission to leave the country. If you’re interested in studying abroad, but your parents still need some convincing, we have a few points that may help with their decision.

How to convince your parents to let you travel abroad and gain an international experience

Stand out on your college application.

These days, the college-admissions process is becoming less about the numbers and more about students’ growth and potential (although good grades do help). The best way to demonstrate this potential is to focus on what you’re truly passionate about and gain as much experience as possible. Studying abroad is a great way to develop new skills that support your interests.

Studying abroad also enables you to impress college admissions committees with your wealth of intercultural experiences. It may mean immersing yourself in a new language, for example, and there’s no better way to learn the language than to experience it firsthand. Since college admission is more competitive now than ever, your parents may hop on board when they know your travels will benefit you once it comes time to fill out college applications. In addition, employers often look for potential candidates who are self-starters and demonstrate initiative.

Gain a fresh perspective in a foreign city.

Studying abroad is sure to help shape the person you are today and will be in the future. Many travelers find that experiencing a new environment helps them become more independent and appreciative of the world around them. Plus, it’s an opportunity to discover new interests and skills that you never knew you had. Whether you’re at a loss for what you want to major in once you start college, or you’re not sure of the career you’d like down the road, studying abroad can help you discover and grow your potential. Making the connection between your travel experience and your college education offers a strong foundation for building your case.

Build a network of meaningful connections.

Many students who travel abroad create lasting friendships with other travelers, faculty members, and local residents. The relationships you create while you’re abroad may also help you when you apply to college or when you start your job search after graduation.

Benefit from an affordable, safe option.

The University of Vermont’s Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs offer high school students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade the opportunity to explore their passion alongside peers and under the supervision of UVM faculty and staff. Comprising two weeks of in-country learning and two weeks of online learning, this academically challenging program is an amazing way to engage in the college experience. Successful students will earn three UVM college credits and advance their education by studying in a safe, enriching location.