5 Reasons You Should Study Abroad

By: Danielle Pantano

Studying abroad can be one of the most amazing experiences a student can encounter, or one of the most terrifying challenges. Well let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to spend an entire semester, or maybe even a whole year, “studying” in a country with endless new places to explore? It’s almost like a mini vacation from reality. You get to work towards your degree (to keep the ‘rents happy) and visit new places. It’s a win-win.

1) It boosts your resume.

Not only are you going to be having the time of your life when you are away, but the experience shows more about you than your ability to have a good time. Adding that you spent a whole semester interacting with a new culture and stepping out of your comfort zone is one added bonus that will set you apart from the rest when it comes to the career world.

2) You’ll become more cultured (a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will).

By spending all this time in a different place, you will be fascinated by how others live. You will learn new customs, religious beliefs, main dishes and more. Plus, becoming more culturally-sensitive is always a bonus.

3) Being blindsided can be a good thing.

It’s hard to be away from home, especially in a different country. But this kind of “hard” is good for the soul.  You may find a new love for food,  pick up a new hobby or find a new secret spot on the globe and make it your sanctuary. Whatever it may be, studying abroad will open you up to many new experiences.

4) Who doesn’t want to learn a second language?

Sure, you may have been taking the language of your choice for the last seven years, but you still aren’t fluent yet.  Immersing yourself in the culture and language is the best way to become fluent. When you are away, there will be people that are able to speak English, but for the most part you will be forced to speak in the language of the country. Plus us PR pros could always use the extra communication skills! 😉

5) World traveler? Yeah, that’s you.

Need I say more? They don’t call it the “travel bug” for nothing. Once you embark on our first journey, you could open your eyes to a new, adventurous lifestyle.

So what are you waiting for?

There are plenty of ways you can make your study abroad dream a reality! Here’s a few programs that fit into the Mass Comm sequence:

USF in Florence

Since its inception, this program has proved to be the most popular of any of USF’s approximately three dozen summer study abroad programs. The program site, Florence, surrounds students with incomparable art, architecture, ambiance and unique cuisine that have made it famous for centuries. Students will attend the Florence University of the Arts (FUA), located in the historic Palazzo Doni, just a few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce. This program can count as a Public Relations Design credit.

Program info: Education Abroad

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

Contact: Prof. Kevin Hawley (kevinhawley@usf.edu) – USF PRSSA Faculty Advisor

Advertising in Paris & Cannes France

Explore the City of Lights and scope out the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity! The festival features classes, seminars and workshops tailored for young professionals to give them access and exposure to current industry trends, industry superstars and galleries that display the best advertising in the world. The students are able to network with other students, as well as with various PR, advertising agencies and creative leaders on a global level. Participants get to see first-hand the world’s best advertising and marketing campaigns and meet the people who created them.

Program info: Education Abroad

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

Contact: Prof. Debra Smith (debras@usf.edu)

USF in Ireland

The 2015 University of South Florida Ireland Travel-Study Program is an eighteen-day immersive program that introduces students to Irish culture, mass media, literature and poetry, music, history and scenery, and more. Can count towards a Mass Communications and Society credit, or any alternate School of Mass Communications courses with faculty approval.

Program info: Education Abroad

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

Contact: Prof. Rick Wilber (RWilber@cas.usf.edu)

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