Women, Men and Study Abroad
There's an online battle being waged these days, thanks to a study by the Institute of International Education showing that almost twice as many female college students study abroad than their male counterparts. As with any gender-based debate, the "why" is provoking some strong opinions.
Personally, I don't know why women study abroad more than men, and I'm loathe to generalize about it. From my own experience, there were lots of reasons I chose to study in Paris my junior year, including finally being able to put all those years of French classes to use. But the big reason was that it was my chance to live on my own, far from home and my pressure-cooker college, in a place that inspired writers, artists, musicians and romantics. While my classes were certainly secondary, I learned more in those 11 months than in any other year.... so far.
What about you? Do you have any insight into the reasons behing the disparity between male and female college students studying abroad?
By Christina Talcott |
December 9, 2008; 10:14 AM ET
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