If I were to compile1 a list of the 10 most utilized words in higher education， one of them would certainly be： globalization. I’m not sure whether people have just become cognizant of modern globalization or I’ve simply happened to notice it more， but globalization is a recurring theme in many of my academic discussions between professors and peers.2 Not surprisingly， then， studying abroad in foreign locations is highly encouraged among many higher education institutions. The pursuit of knowledge is not simply a local endeavor3； the pursuit must be an adventure. Learning and experiencing a different culture while simultaneously continuing studies is an extremely enriching experience that many Americans strive to accomplish through study abroad.4 Popular destinations at my university include many European and Asian countries， namely China， Spain， France， and Germany. American students are scattered5 all across the globe.
Many of my friends who have partaken in study abroad have cherished their experience， a majority of them always concluding their recollection of their experience with an enthusiastic， “I want to go back！”6 For example， one peer of mine spent a semester7 in Singapore. He stayed with other exchange students and travelled to surrounding Southeast Asian countries. One of his favorite destinations was Vietnam， where he stayed in an isolated hut in the mountains， miles away from civilization and free to introspectively dwell on whatever crossed his mind.8 Another friend visited Ireland， and wishes to go back as soon as she graduates. But who says study abroad must always be on land？ One of the more exciting study abroad programs that two of my friends experienced was on a ship. They， along with other students from schools across the country， took classes on the ship and disembarked9 in various locations around the world to apply their knowledge and learn the culture. Their destinations included Greece， South Africa， Morocco10， Germany， Japan， and more. They spent about a week in each country， for a total of about 16 weeks. They built everlasting friendships and accumulated a plethora of global experiences.11
Though the success rate of study abroad is an extremely high number， there are also some instances of students not enjoying their study abroad experience. One peer particularly did not like studying abroad in Australia， claiming that the university’s location and environment did not meet expectations.