Roy Gilbert

Studying abroad incredible experience

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This past May, after enrolling in a fourth quarter English and political science Study Abroad course, I flew from New York City to London Heathrow Airport to spend eight and a half days overseas in the United Kingdom with 12 other Oswego State students.

For many students, traveling to a foreign country for an affordable rate as part of a university program may be the only opportunity we get to explore abroad for many years. The opportunity may turn out to be a once in a lifetime opportunity due to work and home responsibilities, or we may choose to wait until we are of retirement age to tap into our savings and head overseas. Financial aid and scholarships to travel abroad are available to eligible Oswego State students upon application, so there is no time like the present.

When an opportunity presented itself to me in the form of an affordable Oswego State course overseas, I knew I had to take it. Traveling in a group with university professors and faculty members acting as chaperones and day-to-day planners proved to be an added benefit that relieved pressure of booking tickets for airfare, hotels and sightseeing attractions on my own.

When traveling abroad, you develop a new sort of financial independence and begin to budget wisely and perhaps more meticulously than you would in American dollars. You are forced to keep exchange rates in mind as you learn to recognize what is truly affordable and what falls within your price range for food […]

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