Have you always dreamed of traveling to cool places, meeting lots of different people, and maybe picking up a language or two? No matter what country you live in, you can fly over the world's highest waterfalls in Venezuela, learn world trade in Japan, study art in France, or take dancing lessons in Ghana.
How? Join a study abroad program, where high school and university students live with a host family in a foreign country. Semester, summer, and year-long programs allow you to attend school, take intensive language courses, or perform community service in another country.
Besides the excitement of travel, one reason to study abroad is that you will experience new customs, holidays, foods, art, music, and politics firsthand.
“Obviously, I learned the language and am now fluent, but perhaps more important was how much I learned about cultures, people, and myself. I learned this from the viewpoint of an active member of the community and my host family, not from the tourist's point of view,” says Andrew, who studied in Poitiers, France.
Another reason for studying abroad is that you'll gain self-confidence. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to better stand up for yourself and your beliefs and to express yourself in another language. “What could make you more confident than that?” says Christina, who studied in Caracas, Venezuela.
Living away from home can also help you adjust in the transition to university and adulthood. Matthew says he returned from studying in Australia with confidence, social ability, and a genuine interest in international affairs that made a difference. “After having gone abroad in high school, I found the transition to university to be a breeze.”
And speaking of university, improving your language skills might help you get into prestigious universities and even find future jobs. Universities and employers know that studying abroad provides leadership skills in a world that is increasingly globally interconnected.
Most of all, it's fun! You're not likely to suffer from general monotony while you're studying in a different learning environment.
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01) Escolha a(s) alternativa(s) cuja a(s) pergunta(s) é(são) respondida(s) de acordo com o texto 1.
Quais tipos de experiências os alunos podem ter fora do país?
Eles podem aprender a se adaptar a universidades estrangeiras.
Como Mathew encarou a mudança do high school para a universidade?
Foi fácil para ele.
Quanto tempo duram os programas de estudo no estrangeiro?
Eles podem durar até 12 meses.
Os alunos estrangeiros podem entrar para o serviço comunitário no país que o está hospedando?
Sim, mas apenas se eles morarem com famílias locais.
Quais são alguns dos benefícios de estudar for a do país?
As pessoas se divertem, ganham experiência e aprendem línguas estrangeiras.
02) Choose the correct proposition(s).
From the text you can conclude that …
people who study abroad go to the best schools.
if you study abroad, you’ll get good jobs.
France is a good country to go if you are interested in arts.
employers value employees who are likely to be leaders.
the best academic opportunities are just for people who study abroad.
03) Choose the CORRECT proposition(s) to complete the first part of the statement, according to text 1.
You can study abroad, …
depending on the country you live in.
because of the country you live in.
no matter what country you live in.
whatever country you live in.
although the country you live in.
04) Select the appropriate title(s) for text 1.
Traveling around the world
The most famous study abroad programs
Why study abroad?
Learning a foreign language
Living and studying in a foreign country
1) 2,4 e 16.
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