Studying abroad is something students across the world want to do–but why? Why is it so admired, and how is it possible for a student to be sent across the world to live and study in a foreign country?
Amerigo is one of many study abroad organizations, and it is the one partnered with Carmel to bring international students from across the globe into the community.
Stacie Gottlieb is the Director of Campus Operations for Amerigo’s Chicago North Shore campus.
“I am responsible for the day to day operations of the residential program, as well as for the physical and mental well-being of the students,” Gottlieb said. “Our goal is for our students to find their passions, make life-long friendships, and thrive in the classroom.”
One of the top reasons students study abroad is for language learning, as it is proven to be one of, if not the most effective way to do so.
“[Amerigo’s] mentors offer daily support to our students’ English language learning, academics, and personal development,” Gottlieb said.
Another aspect of studying in a foreign country is cultural immersion and learning.
“[Amerigo] offers the students structured support to understand the different elements of everyday life in America,” Gottlieb said. “They are given opportunities to explore American culture through activities planned by Amerigo, as well as activities at school such as sports, clubs, and fine arts.”
Although, international students also offers local students a sort of cultural learning opportunity as well.
“[Amerigo] also encourages the Amerigo students to share their cultures with each other, their teachers, and their friends,” Gottlieb said. “The community can benefit from learning about one another’s cultures.”
Studying abroad provides opportunities to students across the globe to gain a better understanding of the world and all that’s in it.
“Studying abroad gives students a first-hand opportunity to experience new cultures and a new style of education first hand,” Gottlieb said. “They are able to enhance their English language skills, explore new interests that may not have been available in their home county, gain more life experiences, and broaden their social networks.”