Study Abroad Scholarship Contest

Take a poll of U.S. college graduates, ask them about their best university experiences, and many will probably regale you with stories of studying abroad.

Almost every institution provides students with a myriad of college study abroad programs, but these opportunities can be expensive. According to the Institute of International Education, the average cost of studying abroad for a semester in the 2012-2013 academic year was around $17.8K. Two large factors are the cost of travel and also the relative strength of foreign currency. In Europe especially, the British Pound is valued at around $1.57 U.S. and the Euro at about $1.33. All of this means that even after you pinch your pennies, Ramen is still more expensive.

However, there is more to consider about studying abroad than dollars and cents. The pros of taking the opportunity to discover more of the world vastly outweigh the cons. Sacrificing a semester of cafeteria food and football for one of immersion in a new culture is worth it. A semester-long cultural exploration offers experiences and lessons that last a lifetime.

Pimsleur Approach wants to help you travel abroad. We’re holding our 2nd Annual Study Abroad Scholarship Contest, in honor of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who wanted to make the study of language and culture more accessible to college students. Two winners will receive either a $1,000 or $500 scholarship.

Discover your roots

Tracing your lineage back to its earliest points can be an educational and eye-opening experience. Take some time during your study abroad program to visit where your ancestors lived and immerse yourself in the local culture. Attempt to speak the language as best you can, eat the food, and take part in customs and traditions in order to get a rich cultural understanding.

If your parents immigrated to the United States before or soon after you were born, a study abroad trip is the perfect way to re-discover your family’s heritage.

Become more marketable

The world continues to become more globalized, and the U.S. is now involved in a more diverse set of foreign markets. Students who have studied abroad have a chance to hone an in-depth knowledge of another culture, or increase their fluency in a foreign language. Graduates with these skills and experiences are more attractive in the job market. Regardless of where you study abroad, potential employers will be impressed by your proven ability to negotiate new environments, and the perspective you bring having lived in a foreign country.

According to a 2012 Career Builder Survey, a company with two equally-qualified candidates is 33% more likely to choose the one who is bilingual. Currently the most sought after languages are Mandarin, Arabic, and French.

Grow as a person

Living in a foreign country affords you the opportunity to mature and grow as a person. You will have to learn a new language, new customs and social rules, and how to assimilate into a new culture, things that a purely academic education in the U.S. can’t offer.

Have an amazing experience

A study abroad opportunity is an experience that can’t be replicated. You will grow both personally and professionally with the friends you’ll make, the stories you’ll return with, and the resume-building skills you’ll attain.

What are you waiting for? Start your application for the Pimsleur Approach Study Abroad Scholarship Contest today!