This summer, 86 students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will earn college credit while visiting a foreign country. 86 students, however, is less than one percent of the university’s student body. Students’ cite cost as the largest factor of non-participation. The UL Lafayette Study Abroad Program is able to award scholarships, usually about $5,000-$10,000 per year, but that aids only a small fraction of students.
The Study Abroad Program offers 27 courses ranging from English to architecture to nursing to wine appreciation. Proponents of the program argue that the benefits of studying abroad are invaluable. Report by Jared Perrio.