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  • I have studied/am studying abroad and I think it's a very good idea for a number of reasons.

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  • I haven't studied abroad but I would consider this idea.

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  • I think people should stay in their country and study there.

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    Studying Abroad

    What is your view on studying abroad? Have you studied abroad, or are you studying there? Is it a good idea to enrich the knowledge and perfect a foreign language, or is it better to stay in your country and study there? I haven't studied abroad, but I am considering following a Ph.D. abroad if I finish my master. I would choose a German- or English-speaking country possibly.

    I was thinking of this theme when I was reading this article:

    More German students are going to university abroad, according to figures released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

    Some 83,000 German college students went to foreign schools in 2006, Destatis reported. The number was up a stunning 5,700 students from the previous year.

    Favourite countries for studying abroad were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Switzerland, according to the report.

    The source:
    http://www.thelocal.de/14347/20080917/

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    I think it's better if people stay in their countries if their countries have a good enough study opportunity to offer. I don't even need to leave my city for studying. I have everything I need here in Berlin, so I don't need to go to Oxford or Sorbona or elsewhere.

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    I think it's better if people stay in their countries if their countries have a good enough study opportunity to offer. I don't even need to leave my city for studying. I have everything I need here in Berlin, so I don't need to go to Oxford or Sorbona or elsewhere.
    I agree with Bärin, i dont have to go to another country to study we have great university's here so i can aswell stay here.
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    Studying abroad is very helpful for one's education. Through my stint in France and my subsequent wanderings I got to know Europe, and also through the contrasts and similarities, America. I also go to know myself.
    The sitters in the hall seldom know
    The kin of the new-comer:
    The best man is marred by faults,
    The worst is not without worth.
    -- The Havamal, #133 (trans. Auden and Taylor)

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    Studying at least in a different city will get the person used to the new world of responsibilities. That means he wouldn't have a sandwich from mother and father readymade, but he would have to earn and buy his own food. He wouldn't be woken up by mother, he would have to wake up by himself. He would have to manage his own money for a time or remain broke. Mother and father wouldn't be there to open their wallet and give him what he needs. He would have to wash his own clothes or take them to the cleaners. Studying abroad is best to enrich experiences and knowledge.

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    I wouldn't have a problem with European students coming here to study, as long as they pay for their education, which they currently don't. Non-European students should not be allowed to study here. Large numbers of chinese students come here and study for free, and then go back to China where they become part of successful businesses that drive our country to the poor house through murderous competition. To that I say no thanks, if they're going to ruin us, they should at least have to pay for the tools themselves. They also engage in spying and intellectual-thievery while studying here and being part of researching teams etc., which certainly doesn't help us one bit.

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    The closest I came to studying abroad was when I left Florida to go study in Boston for a semester . It was a good experience and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to do it. My stay in Boston was my first real encounter with Yankee culture and with big city life. Although those are both things that I wouldn't want to be immersed in again, it was good to see how the other half lives.
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    My university provides the opportunity to participate in exchange programs with a number of schools in Europe, and I was, at one point, greatly interested in spending a year at one in the United Kingdom or Germany. However, I came to the realization that I am not self-sufficient, poor at managing personal finances, and couldn't balance the pressure of fending for myself while focusing on studies at the same time. Given that I have family there, somewhat of a support system for me does exist in Britain, but I doubt I would enjoy being so far from home during such a decisive period in my life. It may appeal to some, and I certainly believe it can be a positive experience for the right person, but realistically, it isn't for me.

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    I want to study abroad, as it will help the points total for emigration! I also think it helps people develop a better understanding of their neighbours even if they are not the ones actually doing the studying. My best friend here in Aberdeen is a Finnish girl, and through her and others I have certainly learnt more about Finland and that area of the world than I knew before, I also know more than I would ever want about Austrian history and Football thanks to another foreign student I also believe that we should allow non Europeans to study, but we should charge ridiculous amounts and use it to fund our own education.
    I also believe that People MUST get away from their families when they study, as otherwise they never grow up and learn to manage themselves.
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    the self must also die;
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    Favourite countries for studying abroad were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Switzerland, according to the report.
    This isn't a bad thing. If you notice, they are all Germanic countries. Spending some time in a country kindred to yours, getting to know the people, culture and language and comparing them to yours can indeed be an interestring experience. Studying abroad isn't an absolute necessity if there are schools and universities in your area. It can be rewarding nevertheless, especially if you choose one of the oldest European universities, which have some tradition and prestige. I heard the USA has very well prepared university options to offer, but anything below university is lower quality than in Europe. So American students who can afford it could choose Europe for highschool and return to their country for university, I suppose.

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