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Studying abroad – Spaces and exchanges-

Travel broadens the mind

Why study abroad?


Both the article and the video are relevant documents to illustrate the notion of spaces and exchanges. They show that moving away from home, therefore changing spaces,  makes us more open to new experiences : 

Summary of the article: Studies suggest that taking a gap year or studying abroad can positively influence your brain to make you more outgoing and open to new ideas

1 The more countries people have lived in, the more creative their work tend to be. It stimulates our creativity.

2  Travelling and living abroad can also help us to communicate better with people.

3 It increases our openness to new experiences, agreeableness and emotional stability.

4 Moving abroad also allows young adults to gain a new sense of responsibility and independence, and to manage their own finances.

5 We are more likely to know how to deal with unknown or unusual  situations and therefore make the right decisions.

Summary of the video :The speaker in the You tube video  participated in study abroad from Ireland and studied in Caen in Normandy in France. Her experience abroad   has always gotten her noticed in interviews and job applications, more so than almost any other item. Another advantage is that many people nowadays are coming to the job market  with degrees and masters’ degrees. A semester or a year of study abroad  shows that you’re willing to take on a challenge, to be brave,  to be open to living in a different culture. You meet new people, and it takes a lot of courage to do that, to move away from family and friends, and a comfortable environment, and throw yourself into an environment that you don’t know a lot about. So it says a lot for a person to study abroad, especially if English is not their first language . The student has to perfect English very quickly in a stressful environment, in the sense that they’re pressured to learn their second language, so they do have a lot of hurdles to overcome. So it’s quite an admirable event in one’s life to study abroad.


In both documents, the idea put forward is that we can only gain from studying abroad, both on a personal and profesional levels.


I couldn´t agree more with the idea / I totally agree with the idea of …..  because ……

Link the notion with another notion – for example  the idea of progress…..

We can also relate these documents to the notion of progress . It is a lot easier to travel to another country or study abroad nowadays than it was 50 years ago. For example, there are plenty of exchange programmes (i.e. Erasmus) and financial helps (scholarships) to facilitate the studies in another country.

At this point, if you still have time, you can talk about your future plans …. which are studying in France!!!

If you want to add another document to this presentation, you can easily find pictures on the web showing international students on a campus…

For my students : The  interview of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone,  about the impact foreign students can have on a city could be relevant to support your argumentation.





Questions you can ask yourself about the notion


Topics or themes within the notion: communication/trade/globalisation/multicultural society/migration/travel/colonisation/working conditions/studying abroad/relationship

What spaces ? (geographical, symbolic areas) : Geographically, the world today is becoming a global village as transportation and telecommunications have sped up the rhythm of exchanges between people.

How has the space changed? (the work place/telecommuting/global cities)

What are the limits – impact (positive, negative, for whom?)

Where? New poles of attraction – new areas of development?  An example could be the various waves of migration from and towards Ireland acording to its economic ups and downs.

These questions could be asked if you study documents in relation to global cities, countries where people want to emigrate.

What exchanges? (types of interactions? cultural, economic, sociological)

What impact does globalisation have on exchanges?

What impact do global cities have on people´s everyday lives? Who is going where? how? why? who benefits from the exchanges? who are the losers? the victims? why?

How have these exchanges shaped and characterised our modern-day world?

How are working conditions evolving? (speed, closeness, telecommuting, virtual or real spaces?)