Kingdom of Bahrain Khawla Secondary Girls School

Studying Abroad
By: Khawla Learning Circle- Facilitator: Mrs. Seddiqa Ahmed
In collaboration with: Isa Town Commercial School Facilitator: Mrs Sabah Banna Sada Group, Facilitator: Mrs. Fahimeh Seifnourian

Table of Contents
1) What is studying abroad ? 2) Why to study abroad. 3) Advantages and Disadvantages of studying abroad. 4) Where to Study? 5) Quotes and pictures for some students who studied abroad. 6) How You Get Started. 7) Conclusion and Acknowledgement

What is studying abroad

Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a foreign country. Typically classes taken while studying abroad award credits transferable to higher education institutions in the home country. However, students may pursue these opportunities at any age and may not require college credit. Students studying abroad may live in a dormitory or apartment with other students or with a "host family", a group of people who live in that country and agree to provide student lodging.

Why to Study Abroad?
When we interviewed some students who would want to study abroad they had different reasons for that. They said they would like to get better education, be responsible and confident, have a chance to discover themselves, to live away from their parents’ control. Others thought it would be a good chance to learn about another country, culture and language. Most of them want to do it for fun, what is better than having a good time while learning?

Advantages for Studying Abroad
As we mentioned before, there are many advantages for studying abroad. Some of which are: * outlining personal goals: students would feel obliged to bring something valuable with them to make their families proud, ( certificates) * Get a chance to meet different people of different nationalities and know about their cultural backgrounds. • * Get a chance to understand and try to live beyond life barriers (understand that people are different under the surface).

* Gain experience, skills, flexibility, independence, leadership skills, ambition, maturity, and more. Have a chance to participate in many discussions, seminars, workshops, write some reports or do projects. In other words, you may learn through doing something rather than just by reading and memorizing. * Have many chances to get acquainted with local people.

Disadvantages of Studying Abroad
* Leave your beloved ones;you may be uncomfortable without your family and people you know you well. * Homesickness. *Suffer from culture shock. • You would always want to watch your back, (no trust). • * Feel like an outcast. • * Fees and expenses. • * May find problems with the local language.

So where can you go?
Great Britain France Japan

Italy Egypt
Jordan Ireland Senegal Argentina UAE

Germany Spain
Mexico Kuwait Netherlands Australia Ecuador Czech Republic

Quotes and Pictures
“It is not like going on a vacation in another country where you are living in hotels and eating gourmet meals every night. You live in that country like normal people live in that country. I’ve been there, I’ve lived with the people, and I’ve had a taste of the culture.” Sara Watkins, History, Philosophy, Ghana

“ I met a lot of people of different nationalities, cultures and beliefs, which wasn’t so hard to cope with, but I realized that although we have our own beliefs, thoughts and customs, we are still human beings who can manage to live together.  I now believe in: DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN MOVIES”  If I life goes back, I would choose to study abroad again.” Ahmed Riyad, Foundation in Communication and IT, Pembroke shire College , South of Wales

“I would recommend to anybody who has a chance to travel abroad to go for it, no matter what. It is an experience you will never forget and you will have for the rest of your life. With every place I’ve been to, I’ve come home with a new experience and a new outlook on life. You learn not to take for granted what we have in this country.” Marian Mohammad Interior Design, Alexandria University, Egypt.

“It was the most rewarding experience of my life. They welcomed me. They accepted me. I learned more from the teachers and students (in the Ecuadoran schools) than I could ever have taught them. The whole experience was very eye-opening. Any student who’s interested in studying abroad should grasp the opportunity and not let anything stand in your way. It will change you.” Deena Haweld, Spanish and International Studies, Spain.

Statistics

These are the results for some interviews with students studying or have already studied abroad.

Do you want to study abroad?
80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Yes No Not Sure

Why Would You Study Abroad?
25 For Fun Better Education New Language be Free without parents Expose to a new culture Be responsible & confident 1st Qtr 20

15

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How YOU Get Started
Study abroad may be semesters away, but it is never too soon to start thinking and planning…
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The 10 Steps to Study Abroad What kind of experience are you looking for? Plan course

schedules now to make sure your overseas classes meet requirements
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Get informed about different programs. Talk to your academic advisor before selecting a program Select a program Plan course schedules now to make

sure your overseas classes meet requirements

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Apply! Apply for a passport (if applicable). Complete the Programs Abroad forms and pay your fees Apply for a Visa or Study Permit (if applicable) and purchase airline ticket. Attend pre-departure orientation or predeparture meetings with faculty program director. Go abroad!

Conclusion and Acknowledgement
At the end, we would like to thank everyone participated in this course, our facilitators, other schools and ourselves for trying our best to come up with such project. Thank You All.

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