Temple Update has had several reporters and contributors who studied away or abroad this year, this is the account of producer Karina Cheung and her summer abroad in Hong Kong.
The Summer of 2014 I studied abroad in Hong Kong! While overseas I got to see spectacular sites. Among my favorites are Victoria Harbor, Victoria Peak, the Wisdom Path and the Big Buddha. Hong Kong is an amazing city with so much to see and take in.
While I was in Hong Kong, I was a full time intern at a lifestyle magazine called Keypad. Traveling and working was a great way to spend my summer.
Here are the top five misconceptions about studying abroad:
1. I can’t afford it.
Temple students will pay their regular tuition and will be eligible for financial aid. There is also many scholarships available for study abroad. Many are national scholarships such as the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, but schools offer their own as well.
2. I won’t graduate on time.
Many students take a full course load while overseas. It’s possible to graduate on time, in my case early.
3. I don’t speak a different language
It’s not necessary to speak another language! Many countries speak multiple languages. If you do want to learn, however, there are classes available.
4. Planning is complicated
There is a decent amount of planning but if you start early it will go smoothly. Temple Study Away staff can provide assistance every step of the way.
5. Temple doesn’t offer a program for the country I want to visit
Students can study through external programs! If Temple doesn’t have the program, advisors can help find the perfect one for you.
With preparation studying away is possible for everyone, to find out more you can visit https://studyabroad.temple.edu/.