Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sad Background on Study Abroad

In Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela - land of cheap gas and old cars. I will have pictures up when I`m back in the states.

This NYTimes article exposes the sad truth that a lot of universities don`t allow for their students to have the widest range of study abroad choices. Basically, a lot of universities do things to restrict where students can go abroad such as:

1. promote certain programs and not others
2. only accept credit from certain programs
3. simply only allow certain programs

With study abroad such a transformative experience, it`s sad that universities aren`t more conducive to increasing the number that go.

That said, I think the majority of students just party on their study abroad experiences, which is a shame, but that`s a topic for another day.

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