Whether or not you study abroad is an immense decision. It can squeeze your wallet dry, and it can put you so far outside your comfort zone that you can’t even see it anymore. People tell you that it’s worth it, but they don’t know you or your circumstances. How do you really know it will all be worth it?
I debated long and hard whether or not to study abroad in Buenos Aires. COVID-19 hit during my junior year, and my program date got pushed further and further back until my only option was to go during my last semester of undergrad or not at all. I had to choose between doing the program or attending my own graduation with my friends and family back home. I ultimately chose to study abroad, but not without a lot of agonizing and hesitation. The following are the top four factors that went into my decision. Hopefully some of them will help you make yours.