‘Tourism for Credit’

I hate to say it, people, but doing a six-month program in Chile, for example, during which you have one required “course” for two weeks in which everyone gets an A, then a month off to travel, then you come back and take two courses at the local university for four months is not the same as studying for a year at a university in the UK where you do actual work. Yes, I know taking courses in a foreign language is hard, but a person in the first scenario I described (i.e. my friend’s sister) should not receive almost as much credit as a person who did the second scenario I described (i.e. me).

My friend’s sister is studying abroad in Chile this semester, and her program is the reason why American study abroad programs are sometimes disparagingly called “tourism for credit.”


7 thoughts on “‘Tourism for Credit’

  1. Sorry, that was suposed to be phrased “…why, these days, study abroad can be a waste of time educationally, check out this recent article:…”


  2. A what’s the point of dwelling on the negative, how about instead we post our favorite Russian poems. Here’s one of mine by Tzvetaeva:

    Моим стихам, написанным так рано,
    Что и не знала я, что я – поэт,
    Сорвавшимся, как брызги из фонтана,
    Как искры из ракет,

    Ворвавшимся, как маленькие черти,
    В святилище, где сон и фимиам,
    Моим стихам о юности и смерти,
    – Нечитанным стихам! –

    Разбросанным в пыли по магазинам
    (Где их никто не брал и не берет!),
    Моим стихам, как драгоценным винам,
    Настанет свой черед.


    1. Very true, e-k. There’s no point in worrying and dwelling on negative things when there’s Russian poetry to be read 🙂


  3. That’s so not right. Here it’s actually quite hard to get approved to study abroad – you have to have a certain score and spend foreeeeever looking through the course list at the uni you want to go to to find equivalent classes. They’ve got to have equivalent content, assessments, basically everything. They won’t approve you unless you’ll be studying things that count towards your degree.


    1. I definitely agree, Liv. My program was sort of like that – I didn’t have to find the courses myself, but the ones I had to take corresponded quite nicely to courses offered at my home university, so I felt like I was working towards my degree.


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