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10 Things to Know Before You Study in Eastern Europe

Study abroad in Eastern EuropeEastern Europe is the perfect destination for a unique study abroad experience.

"Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, " said President Obama during a speech in Turkey. "For when people come together and share common experiences, their common humanity is revealed."

The President's choice of words was a play on the literal tear down of the Berlin Wall, as much as it was a poignant description of two countries theoretically breaking down barriers and coming together. The common understanding? Positive intercultural relations benefit everybody.

In 1989, when the wall that divided Eastern Europe from Western fell, it was a fantastic historical moment. Europe had become one. Whole. But even though the physical barrier is gone, the line it created persists. The two sides of Europe still differ greatly, but for those who wish to study abroad, Eastern Europe proves a fascinating conglomeration of cultures rich in learning environments for language, social, historical, political or economic studies.

Eastern EuropeTime to brush up on your geography!

Eastern Europe is less touristy than it's western counterpart, but not because there are less things to see. In fact, the countries are rife with castles and vivid landscapes to woo any curious mind. And less tourism means costs are cheaper - about half that of western Europe - and you'll find less spoken English, which makes it the perfect immersion experience for a language-study program. To prepare you for an exciting journey studying abroad in Eastern Europe, here are a few things to know before you go.

1. So. Which countries comprise Eastern Europe, exactly?

The classification of Eastern Europe is sometimes up to interpretation. Is there just one dividing line between east and west, or do you consider the northeast, southeast and central sections to all be separate? For this article, I'm going to focus on the entirety - countries to the east of Germany and Austria, and north of Greece, including Russia. If you're considering studying in Eastern Europe, it's probably a good idea to understand the geography of the area.

Study abroad in Eastern EuropeYou may feel like because Eastern Europe is a bit more far-flung than your typical study abroad program in France or Spain that you have less study abroad options. On the contrary! The Czech Republic is a popular study abroad destination, and top-notch study abroad organizations like AIFS, Panrimo, ISA, and CET all have programs there! For something even more off the beaten path, consider API Study Abroad, which offers both summer and semester programs in Poland, Croatia, and Hungary. If you want a tour of the whole region, a program like EESA's Eastern European travel semester might be a good fit for you.

2. Language immersion is a great opportunity

If you're planning to focus your studies on a language program in Eastern Europe, you'll find many non-traditional locations where complete immersion is a possibility. There's no better way to learn than by putting yourself in a situation where you're forced to study and practice the local tongue. While several of the larger cities and study abroad destinations are rife with tourists and English speakers, it's far less common to find fluent speakers than it is in Western Europe.

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It was Eastern European immigrants back then.

by ewolf

Chicago was full of them. Polish, Lithuanian, Estonian, you name it.
Back in the '70's the German gov't contracted my bil to study and write on the impact of the book on Eastern European emigration to the USA. That was a sweet deal for my bro. He made a bundle and was able to road tour out from Germany to and across the ME and North Africa via Moscow. Had sis and the kids with him. Brought the VW camper back with him.

British benefitting from immigration

by Niagara_Balls

Immigration from east Europe is 'elixir' for British economy, experts say
LONDON (AFP) - Eastern European immigrants are an 'elixir' for Britain's economy, easing inflation, boosting output and raising tax revenue, according to a study.
The latest official figures show that net migration to Britain hit 223,000 people in 2004 with beneficial effects for the British economy, according to the Ernst and Young Item Club, published in British newspapers.
Most of them came from the new eastern member states of the
European Union, which allows them to come and work freely in Britain

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