The other morning I went on weather.com to check the weather (obviously) and for some reason the default city was set for Madrid, Spain. Over the winter break I was fortunate enough to take part in a week long study abroad trip to Madrid. It was an AMAZING experience. After arriving at the airport in Spain fifteen students from UGA gathered with our teacher. We were given the address for our apartments, a seven day pass to the metro, a schedule for the art museums, and were sent on our way. A regular day in Spain consisted of waking up early and traveling from our apartments to several different museums around Madrid. There was no one to wake us up or make sure that we made it to the art museums on time, instead there we were completely on our own and depending on each other. After looking at art for about five hours, we were free to experience Spanish culture. We walked around Spain meeting new people, practicing our Spanish, taking pictures, and taking in as much of the city as possible.
This very brief explanation does not give justice to my experience. It is something that a person had to experience for his or herself. Not only is a great time to experience other cultures, meet new people, and travel the world, it is also a great resume builder. When employers see that you have traveled abroad, they see someone who is not afraid to be immersed in new surroundings. Employers can also see that you can accept other people of other culture, which is very important in any work environment. Studying abroad is also a great conversation starter, who knows if the person who is conducting your interview also traveled to that country or may have family there. So if you can get college credit for studying abroad why not go for a week, semester, or even a year. This article gives a couple of pros and cons that most students consider before deciding how long they want to study abroad and where they may want to go. Also if you are afraid about where you are going to get the money to study abroad, keep in mind that there are scholarships for specific study abroad programs and other scholarships allow you to use your scholarship money to study abroad. I would definitely suggest studying abroad before graduating. You will never have the chance and it is a once in a lifetime experience that you have to see it for yourself. I enjoyed mine so much that I am going to be going to Costa Rica for a spring break study abroad. I cannot wait! Enjoy some pictures from Spain