Friday, June 27, 2014

Gaining and Building by Studying Abroad

By Alexandre Kleis

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.

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. So, 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.

Alex with friends on campus.
The first day I got to spend on campus in my dorm was an extraordinary experience. Not only did it mark the beginning of the four years I was about to start spending in the U.S., but I got to meet some of my best friends that day and have lots of fun with them! Since then, we have spent so much time together, doing fun activities and even taking classes together.

As many of my friends, I am quite unsure about life after graduation. At the moment, I have several ideas in mind for my future, but I really want to work internationally. A U.S. degree will surely help me achieve my objective! 
There is no doubt that I would recommend as many students as possible to study abroad, at least for some time during their education.


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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