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### Reasons to Consider Pursuing Education Overseas

As the winter chill sets in and the cold becomes more pronounced, it’s easy to daydream about escaping the winter blues of Grand Forks. Surprisingly, the University of North Dakota offers a plethora of study abroad programs that make this escape more accessible than ever. These programs allow you to immerse yourself in a different culture without hindering your academic journey, as the credits you earn are fully transferable.

Recently, Dr. Tami Carmichael, an English Professor at UND, delivered a compelling presentation on the benefits of spending a semester abroad in Norway. With six affiliated universities in Norway offering study opportunities for UND students, these programs cover housing, medical insurance, activities, orientation, and an updated transcript within their tuition fees.

The duration of your time abroad can vary depending on the program you choose. If you seek a brief international experience, opt for a university-directed program with sessions during summer, spring, or winter breaks lasting one to three weeks. For a more extended stay, consider an exchange or affiliate program facilitated by a third-party organization.

When asked why students should pursue studying abroad, Dr. Carmichael emphasized that there’s no better time than the present to explore a new culture while young. The memories created during these experiences often leave a lasting impact. While venturing outside the country may seem daunting, proper planning can make it a rewarding and enriching journey.

Many students are deterred by the perceived high costs of studying abroad. However, UND provides numerous scholarship opportunities specifically for international studies to alleviate financial burdens. Details on these scholarships can be found on UND’s website.

Whether or not studying abroad was on your radar, I urge you to visit UND’s study abroad webpage and create a profile. This personalized profile matches you with programs tailored to your desired destination and field of study.

If the idea of studying abroad intrigues you, don’t hesitate to take action now. The application deadlines for the upcoming Summer and Fall programs are February 15th and March 1st.

Daniel Silva, a General Reporter for the Dakota Student, can be contacted at [ppp1].