Danielle Grace is the host of the Young, Gifted and Abroad Podcast. Young, Gifted and Abroad shares perspectives on studying abroad from past and present students of color. Each episode features a person of color who studied abroad as either a high school student, an undergraduate student or graduate student.
Danielle Grace first set her sights on France in elementary school and on Japan in high school. She was fortunate to achieve those dreams by studying abroad in both countries as an undergraduate student at Michigan State University (’15). Danielle studied Comparative Culture and Politics, double majored in French and minored in Japanese.
In this episode we cover:
- What is studying abroad?
- The benefits of studying abroad
- Challenges students face when studying abroad
- How parents can encourage their kids to study abroad
- Ways to fund study abroad programs
- Types of expenses you might have when studying abroad
What is studying abroad?
I like to use a broad definition of studying abroad. For me, it’s anything outside of traveling for vacation or leisure. This could be any activity or program that someone participates in, in another country while they are a student.
This can include more traditional study abroad programs that are typically offered with universities, or it could be a gap year or volunteering or an internship or even just going to an academic conference. Those are all things that I feel fit under the umbrella of study abroad.
Typically study abroad programs could last anywhere from a week to a year.
Where do you find study abroad programs?
Definitely look online.
Reach out to your network and go to your school to see what offers are available.
Ask people who you know are well traveled. Also check with your language professors because they usually know about what opportunities are available.
What are the benefits of studying abroad?
Studying abroad gives you a boost to believe that you are able to achieve anything you put your mind to. Studying abroad also exposes you to other parts of the world, especially if you haven’t really gotten the chance to travel yet.
Having met so many people along the way that I’m still in touch with it, it feels nice to think that you have friends around the world.
Studying abroad lit a fire in me. At this point, I feel like I could go anywhere.
What are some ways to fund study abroad programs?
Scholarships helped me a lot.
If you are a honor student, your university may have their own scholarships so look around for scholarships, especially within your major.
I’m not going to lie, I did have help from my family. My grandfather had set money aside for me to go to college when I was born.
Go Fund Me and other fundraising websites are also a possibility. Consider asking your family and friends if they’d be willing to donate.
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For more episodes of The Thought Card Podcast, listen to Episode 3 where Richelle Gamlam shares tips for teaching English in China or Episode 14 where we chat about how to take advantage of tuition reimbursement programs with Ogechi from One Savvy Dollar.