Every semester college students from all across the United States board planes bound for cities all around the world to study abroad for a certain length of time ranging from a couple of weeks to a full year. These students have a vast range of reasons to go abroad from wanting to master a second language, the desire to volunteer in a third world country, or simply wanting to party in some warm weather city instead of in the cold US winter while still receiving college credits. After their given time of study, these students once again board planes and head back home to the United States. What I want to learn is are these students bringing back with them skills or other benefits that separate them their counterparts who only study in the USA for their entire college lives, or do they simply return with just a bunch of nice looking pictures? Furthermore, are there any disadvantages to those students who study abroad? Lastly, why do some students opt to study abroad while others don’t?