Is Online Learning the Ultimate Year Abroad?

Barry Lenson

Is Online Learning the Ultimate Year Abroad?

the Ultimate Year Abroad? Studying in a foreign country for a semester or a year has been a longstanding tradition in American colleges and universities. In recognition of that fact, International Education Week will be celebrated at the University of Iowa from Friday, Nov. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 17 this year. The week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to increase international understanding and promote awareness of the value of studying abroad.

Lots of events are planned, including . . .

  • The first annual Adopt-A-Language fair, where University of Iowa students can learn about opportunities to study abroad.
  • A Cultural Ball, where students can dance in international styles.
  • Seminars where former Peace Corps volunteers will discuss their experiences.
  • Information sessions with students who have studied in Africa, Asia, Europe and other locales.
  • A Chinese calligraphy workshop at the University’s Confucius Institute.

It sounds like a fun, informative week. If you are thinking of studying abroad too, here’s a thought we’d like to share. Just remember that if you are taking online instruction – at one of StraighterLine’s Partner Colleges that offers distance learning options, for example – you can study abroad any time you like, on your own schedule. If you want to study in France one week and in Australia the next, nothing is stopping you. Your classroom is as close as your laptop. If you are a student with a yen to travel, it could be an option to keep in mind.

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