Studying abroad no longer means simply taking classes in a foreign country for academic purposes. Nowadays, it can be defined as going to a different country with the authentic experience of doing more than just sightseeing and studying. This paper addresses and provides a detailed analysis on both the positive and negative aspects of studying abroad. Firstly, statistics regarding the trends in studying abroad are given out to raise the concern of why we should look more into this matter. The number of Vietnamese students participating in study abroad programs will be revealed. Secondly, general terminologies about studying abroad are mentioned, as well as two main types of studying abroad programs will be explained and elaborated. On that scope, an online survey consisting of 15 questions was given out to 24 individuals with the age ranges of 18 to 25, who participated or are currently participating in different types of study abroad programs. Thirdly, the survey findings reveal that there are mostly positive impacts on students pursuing studying abroad programs. On the same page, these results reflect the willingness of these young people to continue studying abroad further in the future. Finally, the author concludes that such life experience should be continually promoted, such positive outcomes of studying abroad should be taken advantage of, and alternatives of studying abroad like OJT or capstone projects should be recommended to gain more experience.
Study abroad, Short-term study, Study tour, Cultural contact, Cross-cultural, Experience