the proliferation of online college programs, you can attend school anywhere
you'd like. When you think of taking college classes online--you probably
think of taking them from your home-- sitting on your sofa or on your bed,
studying English Lit. 101. But let's think outside the box (online classes
used to be outside the box and now they're the norm). If you can take your
college classes in the comfort of your home--why not from your apartment in
Bangkok or from a busy hostel in Mendoza, Argentina? Rent and food in these
areas are cheaper than in most U.S. cities and car and auto insurance aren't
necessary (think walking and riding a bike). Due to the cost-of-living,
taking classes abroad might be cheaper than taking them at home! And think
of the amazing added benefits--
Personal Growth. Perhaps living
abroad will allow you to pursue other interests in addition to those of
an academic nature. Are you passionate about history, art or music? Many
locations worldwide offer interesting and unique experiences in these
areas. Want to serve a mission or help others in countries far from
home? You can do so--and earn your college degree at the same time.
Perhaps you want to take advantage of a work opportunity
overseas--again, it's possible. So much personal growth occurs from
traveling and living abroad--it can't all be covered in one small
Experiences. You'll learn about a
new culture, or if you travel you will learn about many. Think of the
tremendous experiences you'll have, that your U.S. counterparts won't.
Because of these experiences, you will stand out among your peers (think
future job interviews--you will have the global advantage).
Language. You'll probably learn
the language in the country in which you're living. Again, this will
cause you to stand out among your peers--and standing out (in a positive
way, of course) is always a good thing.
Self Confidence. Traveling and
living abroad--mastering subway systems that at first seem
daunting--you'll amaze yourself on a daily basis.
Fun. Travel is definitely fun--as
is living abroad. Perhaps this will become one of the best memories of
A great deal of thought and preparation will
go into a decision of this magnitude--but traveling/living overseas while
taking online courses is doable. If you have the travel bug, ask yourself--
How long do I want to live abroad?
What countries, cultures and languages
are of particular interest to me?
Do they speak English, or can I speak or
learn their language?
Do I want to travel a lot while I study
abroad? Or stay mainly in one locale?
Will I have an opportunity to work while
Logistically, how will I do this?
And last but not least, HOW will I take
online classes while living abroad?
CollegePlus might be able to help--at least with the last question.
CollegePlus is a Christian
company that creates customized dual credit and bachelor's degree programs
for students, based on their personality, learning style, and life purpose,
then integrates personal coaching and mentoring to empower students to reach
their educational and life goals, without the time constraints and debt
burden of traditional college. CollegePlus students are not stuck at home,
buried under an avalanche of textbooks--they are starting their businesses,
traveling the world, serving others, and pursuing their interests.
students typically earn their fully accredited Bachelor's degree in two
to three years and at an average total cost of $15,000. Great
savings--perhaps to put towards additional travel--or cooking classes in
View this video
about CollegePlus student, Marli Tague, and hear her story of including
travel as part of her College experience.
Traveling and education -- they certainly are a
great combination! That's why Homeschool.com has recently added
Homeschool.com Travel to our website. Check out the interesting articles
(the travel recommendations from our readers are phenomenal!), as well as
our Travel Guides (new ones have been added). Additional information and
upgrades are in the works, so we encourage you to check back frequently. And
if you have something of interest you'd like to add travel-wise--just
drop us a line. We look forward to
hearing from you!
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