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Why high school students should consider study abroad

Think you have to wait until college to study abroad? Think again.

In fact, that fourth level language requirement could be a whole lot more intensive than you were expecting. And that’s just one of the benefits high schools that offer travel and exchange programs are able to provide.

Here are five more reasons you should choose a high school with opportunities to travel abroad:

1. Grow
In a survey conducted by the International Education of Students (IES) of all IES alumni from 1950-1999, nearly 100 percent of respondents said their study abroad experience served as a catalyst for maturity. In the same survey, 96 percent reported increased maturity following their time abroad.

2. Earn academic credit
While this policy varies from school to school and program to program, opportunities exist for students to earn credit for one course to a whole year of academic requirements.

3. Learn a new language
According to the American Field Service (AFS), even with little to no exposure to a host country, immersion is the fastest way for students to pick up a new language. Learning to speak and hold conversation in a new language is one of the quickest ways to connect with your temporary home.

4. Gain global perspective
In the same IES survey, 95 percent of respondents said that their study abroad experience has had a lasting impact on their world view. Nearly the same number say that their time abroad has continually influenced their interactions with people of other cultures.

5. Stand out
Students who experience new cultures can apply those experiences towards personal statements, interviews and other aspects of the college application process. Upon their return, alumni of the AFS programs demonstrate a number of unique talking points including, increased intercultural competence, greater intercultural networks and friendships with people from other cultures

To learn more about a Chicago high school with opportunities to travel abroad, contact Marist High School at (773) 881-5300.


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