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Old 08-30-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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At my university, I paid no more for my year in Lyon than I would have at home. The universities worked it out between them.
What about folks with disabilities or family responsibilities ... It isn't practical for every college student to live abroad for one full year (or even a semester). Don't get me wrong, I think living abroad is a good idea to enhance your education but it should not be mandated for a BA/BS degree as not every student is in a position to leave everything behind and live abroad for one full-year ...
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:21 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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What about folks with disabilities or family responsibilities ... It isn't practical for every college student to live abroad for one full year (or even a semester). Don't get me wrong, I think living abroad is a good idea to enhance your education but it should not be mandated for a BA/BS degree as not every student is in a position to leave everything behind and live abroad for one full-year ...
Maybe not everyone, but most people with disabilities can live abroad. Family responsibilities ... that could be a deal-breaker. But I still think universities should set up more opportunities for exchange, and require it unless there's some good reason for an exception.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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What about folks with disabilities or family responsibilities ... It isn't practical for every college student to live abroad for one full year (or even a semester). Don't get me wrong, I think living abroad is a good idea to enhance your education but it should not be mandated for a BA/BS degree as not every student is in a position to leave everything behind and live abroad for one full-year ...
I don't think it is mandated, but since my daughter's major is Mandarin and linguistics, it's a good idea for her to live in the country. She wanted to go.

And right now I am tracking her flight, as she is finally on her way even though Irene delayed her trip by two days. It looks as if her plane has left the Arctic Ocean and is heading south over Russia. If I was a nail-biter, I'd be biting them right now!

Her university does provide a lot of opportunities, but partly because they have a strong languages program.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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At my university, I paid no more for my year in Lyon than I would have at home. The universities worked it out between them.
Even if my daughter didn't get the scholarship, she would have gone, and tuition in China is about half the cost of what it is at her university in the US (a state school, although not my state).

There are about 12,000 US students studying in China each year.
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