Wednesday, August 7, 2013

[STUDENT AMBASSADOR] Alex Kleis - A Lot to Gain by Studying Abroad

1. What have been some benefits to studying abroad? Would you recommend other students to study abroad?

Studying abroad brings a multitude of challenges, which are an integral part of the educational experience, and also offers plenty of benefits. From the various international students I have gotten to meet while studying abroad, it is clear that there is a lot to gain by living in an unfamiliar place with a different culture. Getting to meet students from diverse background, whether international or not, is also a wonderful aspect of studying abroad. Finally, by studying abroad, we can encounter fields that are not necessarily present in universities in our home country and can explore classes that are relevant to our interests. There is no doubt that I would recommend as many students as possible to study abroad, at least for some time during their education.

2. How difficult was it applying to UPenn and were there any differences in applying to an Ivy League school?

Applying to some of the world’s leading institutions is inevitably a challenge, although there is no standard difference when applying to an Ivy League School. The application process for most universities requires a lot of effort, and it is essential to plan ahead of time and think through all key decisions.

3. What top two pieces of advice do you have for aspiring international students wanting to study abroad in the U.S.? Please explain.

It is crucial to start early on any application process to study abroad in the U.S. to ensure the highest chance of acceptance into the university or program. There is a high level of competition in the U.S. and without all the chances on your side, it becomes extremely difficult to get in. Another key piece of advice is to spend enough time browsing online resources prior to making a choice. There are so many available resources on various programs, universities, etc. that can help tremendously in making a wise choice.


Hello everyone, my name is Alexandre Kleis and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, planning to major in Systems Engineering. Living in various countries across Europe in my childhood, I decided to pursue my higher education in the United States.

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