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Should I Study or Intern Abroad in Summer 2014?

There's a whole big world out there! Seriously, go check! You back? Was I right? Good!


Of course, there are different ways to get out and see the world. Beyond simply your different means of conveyance (plains, trains, and automo-cars), there are different aspirations and institutions that can take you abroad, like say, studying, or interning, or one of the many other forms of meaningful travel we at Go Overseas love to talk about. But today, the focus of this little chit-chat is a question that troubles (or should trouble!) many students: should I study abroad or intern abroad this summer?


Lots of School Left? Go Study Abroad, Young (Wo)Man!

College is a long, strange journey, full of interesting people and terrible cafeteria food. The person you were as a freshman can be very different from the person you will be as a senior. That's why it is so important to ask: do I need credits or experience?

Studying abroad - besides being the best way to explore the world - can be a wonderfully unexpected two-fer; you get to go globetrotting and you'll receive credit for it too! And while colleges are there to help you land a great career after graduation, it's important to not overlook what happens before graduation. You've already invested so much money in your degree; make sure you get it finished before you move on to the next chapter.

Some internships will have partnerships with your university and will offer credit, but these are rare, and the credit will probably be meager. This means you can have your international experience while staying on track academically, and possibly even getting ahead. I mean really, who wants to pay for an extra semester of college?

Got the Real World Blues? Try Some Intern-al Medicine!

So you're about to graduate, huh? Big shot on campus! You've probably already taken all your pre-req's and your senior seminars, and you're chomping at the bit to walk across the stage at commencement and start making dollars. But you never got to go abroad and that bugs you, right? Try an internship!

It's harder than ever to land a job in your field upon graduation, as more and more qualified students with shiny new degrees like yours are flooding the market. To stand out from the crowd - while still getting your travel on - consider padding your resume with an international internship.

If you're on track to graduate on time, an internship abroad can do a number of good things for you professionally. First, you get work experience in your field, and you get your name familiar to the company, just as a domestic internship does. Additionally, an internship abroad shows potential employers that not only are you so interested in your field that you crossed the globe to pursue it, but that you are the kind of level-headed, responsible person who can handle the demands of doing business in a foreign country.


What Are Your Plans After Graduation?

Another important thing to consider is your plan after graduation (you do plan to graduate eventually, right?) Are you planning to jump right into the workforce, immediately cashing checks and snapping necks, making bank, and grilling steak? If you are, we would recommend interning abroad, for the reasons discussed above. However, a study abroad on your resume can be a powerful tool when seeking a job, you just have to know how to talk about it. Nobody cares that you enjoyed yourself (except us!), but employers will be interested to hear that your study abroad taught you personal accountability, time-management skills, and poise under pressure.

Many of you will go on to graduate school after graduation, though. Good for you! I decided I never wanted to hear the word "term paper" again, but... again, good for you! If you're someone who wants their degree to start with an "M" (Master) and not a "B," (Bachelor) you have a couple options for going abroad. Like applying for a job, grad schools applications are competitive, and you need to stand out. What better way to show your passion for English literature than a semester at Trinity College studying Chaucer? Gunning for your masters in international relations? How about having spent a summer in Johannesburg studying local and international economies? Study abroad is a great way to demonstrate your passion and intellectual curiosity for your subject.


Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend - Except You

The final, perhaps most important question to ask yourself is this: how do you want to spend your actual time abroad? When comparing a summer internship with a summer spent studying abroad, the internship is going to be the most purpose-driven, with more actual program-per-hour than a study abroad. Like a job, and internship is going to require you be in attendance (whether in the office or other designated place) basically from 9-5, Monday through Friday. Of course, the specifics of this change from country to country -- interns in Spain and France get two hours off in the afternoon for a siesta - but in general if you are doing and internship abroad, well, you're going to be doing an internship, abroad.

On the other hand, a summer study abroad will only have you in class for three to four hours a day, and most programs include excursions, service learning, and trips within your host country. Yes, there will be papers to write, homework to do, and other super duper fun "extracurriculars," but actual class is a small portion of your day. This means that the rest of your day - if you are committed to spending it academically - is yours to explore museums, cultural music, public libraries, and local historical spots. I used this intellectual freedom to its fullest, and grew as a person tremendously.


5. Fill in the gaps with appropriate words.

miss the classes exchange student learning social program attending classes time-term abroad make sure accommodation session study group-mates notes

Hello, I'm Christie, 21 and I ____ at ISIS Oxford this year. I decided to be an _____ because it's a great opportunity to get a good job. _____ English _____ it's not only _______ it's also _____ in the family admits you. We travel to see sights, attend cafes and restaurants and that's called a _____ . As in universities we should make some _____ because here we also have a _____ - lections time, and lections are finished with a small ____ where we show our knowledge. You can _____ , some of my _____ do but you just do harm for yourself no one else - you come here to ____ you know something or to improve your English.

6. Match the words and the descriptions

1. a group-mate a. a period of studying

2. to study b. to adapt the atmosphere

3. to miss classes c. to be present at: lections, classes

4. a time-term d. to get information and experience

5.to attend e. to apply oneself to the acquisition of knowledge as by reading,

investigation, to practice

6. to accommodate f. to be absent at: lections, classes

7. to learn g. a person who studies in your class

8. a session h. a period you show all the knowledge you got

9. an exchange student i. a person who goes abroad to study



Sting - I'm an Englishman in New York


I don't drink coffee I take tea my dear
I like my toast done on the side
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
I'm an Englishman in New York

See me walking down Fifth Avenue
A walking cane here at my side
I take it everywhere I walk
I'm an Englishman in New York

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

If "manners maketh man" as someone said
Then he's the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety
You could end up as the only one
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society
At night a candle's brighter than the sun

Takes more than combat gear to make a man
Takes more than license for a gun
Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can
A gentleman will walk but never run

If "manners maketh man" as someone said
Then he's the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York




Give the appropriate names for the definitions:


1. A person who studies in your class - __________

2. A period of studying - ______________

3. A period of studying while practical training (hospital, company) - _________

4. A lengthy piece of written work requires of a student on a topic drawn from the subject matter of a course of study - __________

5. One of the series of steps in university studying - _______

6. A person who has completed the standard curriculum of a college or university - ______

7. A person who has completed the upper curriculum of a college or university - _______

8. An institution of higher learning - _______

9. A person who goes abroad in the frames of special program when another one (from another country) comes "here" - __________

10. Organized activity of language learning attending sights, theatres, museums - ____________



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