Henry van Wagenberg | John Henry | Diana Mabag | Kristen Brooks | Kayti Christian
May 24, 2012
About 70% of candidates elect to live in a shared apartment when given a choice between a shared apartment and a homestay. The 30% that live, happily, with a homestay family are either 1) younger, and looking for a bit more dependence and structure, or 2) fluent or close to fluent in the language, and have travelled or been to the country before so having to go out and connect with others outside the housing is not a problem. Does this mean that if you choose to live in a shared apartment you will not have as deep a cultural immersion? That your language acquisition will suffer? That you will be ridiculously sleep deprived? No to the first two points, and yes, typically, to the final point. Some tips to make sure you return home with the global perspective and cultural acumen one should have after living abroad, regardless of whether you choose a shared apartment or a family homestay, are as follows
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Check out a one minute and 57 seconds case study of CISabroad using RateMyStudyAbroad's free online evaluation tool. Our tool helps study abroad offices and program providers create their own evaluations and share student feedback online as a resource to help next year's students. Includes interviews with Keith Born from CISabroad, Brooke Roberts from InsideStudyAbroad.com and GoAbroad.com, Julianna Knobs from BarcelonaSAE, and Henry van Wagenberg and John Henry, co-founders of RateMyStudyAbroad.com.
As American college tuition continues to rise, many students are looking outside of their home country for a college degree. While international universities continue to offer an increasing amount of courses in English to promote foreign student admission, many are also lower-cost than comparable American institutions. Some international institutions, moreover, offer three-year bachelor's degree programs and bachelor's programs in English. Though many foreign students push to earn the highly esteemed "American college degree" each year, U.S. News and QS World University Rankings of 2011/2012 agree that 4 of the 10 World's Best Universities are located outside U.S. borders.
Here is a list of the "10 International Colleges Attracting More and More Americans" courtesy of OnlineUniversities.com:
1. University of Hong Kong
2. University of Amsterdam
3. Simon Fraser University of Burnaby
4. Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
5. McGill University
6. Australia National University
7. University of Cape Town
8. University of Buenos Aires
9. Sophia University
10. University of Lima
Additionally, I spoke with one student who decided to attain her college degree from University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Sara Solli, an International Relations major from northern San Francisco, left for Scotland in Fall of 2008. She will be graduating this spring from the foreign university.
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Why study abroad? For many students, the answer is "my career". And for a subset of those students, an international career is the goal.
We interviewed an American currently working in Bejing, China to get his perspective on how he successfully snagged a job as an American in a foreign country.
If your goal is an international career, then it's worth investigating the steps it will take to get a job while you're studying abroad, after you study abroad and even before you study abroad.
Henry van Wagenberg (RateMyStudyAbroad.com): Who are you, and where do you work?
Eric Smith: I'm a 27 years old Wisconsin and North Carolina native. I work in Procurement and Development for a Beijing-based company called China Ease Inc. I'm based in Beijing and I travel to the manufacturing-focused provinces in Coastal/Eastern China.
I handle the development of new international clients, and I help those clients find - and partner with - Chinese factories. I work with our clients all the way from the initial pricing until the product reaches the client's door. I handle everything so that the client can take advantage of China's incredible production capabilities and, at the same time, feel secure that a firm they know and trust (ours) is watching out for them.
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