Want to improve your language skills, have the opportunity to live and experience new cultures while in high school? More and more students are choosing to study abroad from high school, and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn new knowledge and make new friends. However, studying abroad will also be costly and challenging if you are not well prepared.
High school study abroad programs are programs where high school students live and study abroad (usually long-term programs), giving students the opportunity to experience new countries and cultures, meet new friends, access new education systems and get useful knowledge. Many students often choose to participate in programs where they have the opportunity to improve their foreign language skills.
Currently, there are many options for high school study abroad programs, based on which country you want to study in and what you want to do while studying there.
Advantages and limitations of studying abroad in high school:
# Favorable side:
Absorb new knowledge and skills:
If you participate in a great program and are inspired to study, you can get a lot of useful knowledge and skills while studying abroad. The most commonly improved skills are foreign language skills. Living in a country where you have to use a foreign language every day is a great environment for you to improve your foreign language skills. If your initial purpose in the program is to improve your language skills, you will realize that your language speaking ability improves significantly, especially when you participate in long-term programs.
Depending on each program, you will have the opportunity to study more about the culture, school, country you are studying, but no matter what program you study, you have to make a lot of effort to get a lot of knowledge for yourself.
Learn about new cultures:
Living and studying abroad can facilitate your exposure to new cultures, new lifestyles such as you will be able to try new dishes, other customs, especially if you live with the host, you will be able to experience this deeply because the host will introduce you to local life (new dishes, interesting places to visit).
Meet new friends.
Make a difference when applying to university.
Create a favorable environment for you to grow up.
If at home you can ask your parents everything, studying abroad means that you have to take care of yourself, which will help you grow up day by day when you have to deal with problems in everyday life.
Living in a new country and experiencing new things can be fun, but it’s also a difficult and lonely time, especially if you’re in longer programs, the more frustrated, lonely and dis disinged you’ll feel. Often these feelings are only temporary, but sometimes they can last a long time and can seriously affect your learning. Cultural shock when participating in a high school study abroad program can affect your score, difficulty making new friends, leaving you with negative feelings for that country and culture.
Many high school study abroad programs are very expensive. Costs are usually varied depending on which program you go to, which country, how long the program lasts, but almost all programs with the lowest cost of several thousand dollars and those that last many semesters will cost much more.
For many programs you have to fill out a significant amount of paperwork. Some short-term programs may not require a lot of paperwork, but generally it takes time to apply for a program as well as apply for a visa. If you want to join the longer program then you will have to apply for a student visa. This depends on the country but in general, if you want to study for a semester or a year, you also need to get a student visa. To apply for a student visa, you must complete the required documents and submit it to the embassy.
In general, if you can overcome the limitations, high school in the U.S. will make your application to an American university much more convenient, because U.S. high school programs often introduce some basic knowledge at college level to students , sometimes the results of these subjects are also transferred for university admission. Therefore, many experts believe that high school education in the U.S. will help international students get the best preparation in terms of knowledge as well as social life before entering the study environment at university and college in the U.S. (according to US News and World Report).