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Why You Should Study Abroad This Summer

- By Ashley Ricks, Staff Writer -

Have you ever dreamed of studying abroad, but you do not believe you have enough time in your schedule to study abroad for an entire semester? Well, luckily there is an array of study abroad programs that occur during the summer! Meredith has up to 11 programs just for the summer of 2018. These programs include trips to Italy, Peru, Cuba, Spain, Paris, and the United Kingdom. If you want to travel to a place where a Meredith program does not exist, the Office of International Programs has an entire list of reputable affiliate programs students can choose from. Previous students who have studied abroad during the summer found that they were able to immerse themselves in a new culture while also taking courses that pertained to the country they are studying in.

Stephanie Semaan, who is currently a junior majoring in psychology, studied abroad during the summer of 2017 with the Italian Life and Culture program. Semaan believes her experience abroad “made me grow as a person because I had to navigate a foreign country by myself for the very first time. The complications that arose from traveling in a new country made me grow into a better person.” Semaan believes studying abroad has impacted her life in a positive way and recommends anyone who is able to embark on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Even though the summer seems to be a long ways ahead, it is never too early to start thinking about applying for the summer programs. Semaan recommends “applicants finish their application during winter break because students often have a lot more time during the break to work on their application.” It is also suggested for applicants to talk to professionals who can write a recommendation for the applicant early on to prevent any added stress on the recommender. Feb. 15 is the deadline for most Meredith abroad summer programs, but applicants should ideally get their materials in before this date to have an even better chance of getting into the program.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Semaan


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