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The Life Long Effects
Survival Skills (1999)
  • Mary B Ayad, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

The Lifelong Effects By Mary Ayad, Univ. of Colorado The study abroad learning experience continues well into the months after you return home. Since you can’t always know in advance what you will learn, you must be accepting and flexible in absorbing new knowledge along the way. These retrospective reflections that you undergo when you return home and begin processing your study abroad experiences are a valuable part of your learning process and growth. The main reasons that students go abroad include opportunities to attend a well-known foreign university, learn a new culture and language, and gain international experience and social skills-as well as develop survival skills in a new and challenging environment. Overseas experience also gives students an edge when it comes to competing for jobs and graduate school programs. All these are goals that are quickly met because they are intrinsic to the study abroad experience. Living outside of one’s original environment is the best way to learn what is universal about humanity. Encountering potential hardships abroad can help turn challenges into opportunities for growth and development and foster interpersonal and communication skills. Overall, the opportunity to realize one’s priorities and deeper values in life can be the most valuable benefit. Discovering a new culture, making new friends, and learning about one’s self lasts long after the study abroad experience. MARY AYAD, Univ. of Colorado studied at the Univ. of Uppsala, Sweden during 1997-98.

  • Intercultural Relations,
  • Study Abroad,
  • Cross Cultural Communication,
  • Intercultural Communication,
  • International Experience
Publication Date
Spring March, 1999
Citation Information
Mary B Ayad. "The Life Long Effects" Survival Skills (1999)
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