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Is study abroad experience considered an extracurricular activity?

Hey guys, during my sophomore summer, I participated in a summer study abroad program in Spain. Would this count as an extracurricular activity on my college application? Looking forward to hearing your opinion!

9 months ago

Hello! A study abroad experience like yours definitely counts as an extracurricular. In fact, this kind of experience is can be an especially valuable addition to your application, because it showcases your interest in learning about other cultures, languages, and adapting to new environments.

Be sure to give considerable thought to how you present your study abroad experience in your application. In addition to including it in your activities list, consider writing your personal statement or one of your supplemental essays about it, to give yourself more space to describe the skills you gained, the friendships you made, and how it has had a lasting impact on your perspective. If the program you participated in also involved volunteer work, educational initiatives, or other projects, don't forget to mention these as well.

Good luck!

9 months ago

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