Young Americans Abroad

U.S. students show more interest in studying abroad than ever. Millennials, or 18- to 29-year olds, thirst to experience the world first-hand after getting a taste of it from cyberspace and television.

• 66% have passports

Increasingly, U.S. colleges and universities make studying in another country, at least for a semester, a requirement. Many work with foreign counterparts to offer exchange programs. Some Americans on a budget are attracted to economical four-year degrees overseas.

• 68% expect to travel abroad at least once in the next five years

The overwhelming majority of graduates who have studied abroad agree that the experience has influenced their perspectives on world events. “I’ve learned new things about culture, language, and myself every week here,” said Jasmine Sharpe on her semester in Spain.

• 49% have maintained correspondence with someone living abroad

Veraluz Deleon, who studied in Argentina, says that she has “an open mind to new cultures, people, ideas and a new life.”

• 33% hope to work in a foreign country at some time in their lives

Makena Sage, who studied in Argentina, says in her blog that the study-abroad experience was responsible for shifting her “perspective on life and what is or isn’t possible.”

Source: Zogby International

A Pollster Predicts

Pollster John Zogby identifies Americans born between 1979 and 1994 as the First Globals generation. “They have a planetary sensibility like no other generation,” he said. “They remain optimistic although some of their enthusiasm has been tempered by the long recession and both public and personal debt.”

A samba school in Rio? Yes!

Following are Zogby’s predictions on this generation:

1. These “global nomads” will travel together in packs seeking experience, gigs and connections with new people. They will be an informal “peace corps.”

2. Business and government will come to rely on them for their skills in problem-solving much the way they have relied on them to teach older office workers about technology. A special premium will be placed on their lack of experience in bureaucratic decision-making. They are particularly skilled at resolving issues via networks and small groups.

3. They will bounce from gig to gig, but their friendships will remain long-distance and a solid anchor in their lives.

4. Their offspring will be multi-racial “papooses” — i.e., from Native American folklore, babies who were packed tightly in blankets and always ready for long travel — who will be multi-lingual and home schooled, wherever home may be.

5. “First Globals” will place as much emphasis on their tribes — i.e., their communities of shared interests that cross country borders — as on nations. Being American is in the Domain Name System, but they will be “Americans Without Borders.”

A Reason More U.S. Students Choose China

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Americans Without Borders

Between 2000 and 2011, the number of young Americans studying abroad almost doubled. China witnessed the largest jump in Americans enrolling: 400 percent.

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