Popularity of Study Abroad About to Rise, Predicts StudyAbroad.com

The Paul Simon Study Abroad Act is expected to increase interest in studying abroad, and free study abroad resource StudyAbroad.com wants to ensure that students have a safe and useful way to find their ideal international education programs.

Chester, PA, March 01, 2009 --(PR.com)-- With the introduction into legislation of the Paul Simon Study Abroad Act, experts are predicting a rise in student interest in study abroad opportunities, despite the country’s current economic woes.

The Paul Simon Study Abroad Act is a congressional plan to increase annual study abroad participation by at least 1 million students within 10 years, particularly among low income and community college students to more nontraditional destinations. With the economy the way it is, some experts, including Josh Irons, manager of the popular online study abroad directory StudyAbroad.com, believe now is the right time for this. The U.S. dollar has recently risen in value in many countries, and having a study abroad experience on a resume is one of the most effective ways to get noticed as a job candidate.

“International education is such an important aspect of any higher education learning process,” says Irons. “StudyAbroad.com’s parent organization just released an online video on the importance of pursuing advanced education (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDfew0YcDTo), and studying abroad has become an essential component of any student’s advancement. It builds global and cultural understanding, breeds important problem solving skills and leads to unparalleled life experiences, among numerous other benefits.”

With the potential for more students to start studying abroad, it becomes more important than ever to know which resources to use and trust. StudyAbroad.com has been providing a free comprehensive directory of more than 17,000 study abroad programs in more than 130 countries for the last 14 years.

“We share the late Senator Paul Simon’s goal in getting more people to recognize the significance of living and learning in a foreign country,” says Irons. “It isn’t just beneficial for the student, but for residents of both the student’s home and host country, and for foreign relations in general. That is why we strive to produce such a useful resource for anyone looking to better themselves through this monumental opportunity.”

To learn more or to find a study abroad program, visit http://www.StudyAbroad.com. StudyAbroad.com is part of EducationDynamics, a leader in higher education marketing services.

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Matthew Ulmer