When we talk of globalization, education too becomes a part of it. Students leave their homeland and relocate to another country to either pursue higher education in a foreign university or as a part of student exchange plan of an existing course. Foreign exchange students have become most simplified reality of today.
According to an old adage “half knowledge is dangerous”. And there are scores of us who have lot of misconceptions and fallacies about Foreign exchange students program.
Lets us look at it from a routine life standpoint. Many of you would have come across overseas students attending classes in your college/university. These are exchange students who stay in another country to complete a full-fledged 3-4 year degree course.
In this context the stay period is not always longer. Perhaps another major chunk of foreign exchange students or sophomores, come to another country for the final semesters of their curriculum. These exchange student programs are actually a student exchange, where you too can ponder upon the prospects of going abroad to complete your education.
Today, where the whole world is shrinking to a global village, what else can better explain this fact than Foreign exchange students? These are in general “mutual exchanges” where almost any student enjoys the bright prospects to go abroad and study at least for a year.
As the latest trend, not only college going sophomores, but adolescent school students too is becoming a part of foreign exchange programs. With the ever-widening horizons of education studying abroad has become an inseparable part of customary education. Knowledge and wisdom has transcended the barriers of time and boundaries, and students have broken the leashes of rigid classroom lectures and have gone overboard as foreign exchange students for multifaceted growth and development.
However, a major concern of Foreign exchange students is allocating an ideal host family. Selecting a host family has its own set of procedures. It is a very crucial task as student has to stay with the host family for the duration of his course in the university. Once after coherent confirmation and requisite formalities host family is allocated.
Many of the students over the time develop an eternal bond with the host family and learn a lot about country cultural heritage and traditions. Thus, being a Foreign exchange student is a win-win situation from all perspectives of life, where a student becomes wealthy at both academic and cultural planes.
Dori Kelsey:Director of Spain Exchange www.spainexchange.com
holds a Master of Liberal Studies from The University of Toledo (Ohio) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Arbor College (Michigan) in Management and Organizational Development. As director of Spain Exchange,she has developed
customized programs, studying abroad program, educational tours in Spain, and school exchanges for various schools.
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