Definitely yes, but why?
We grew up in certain culture, country, set of values, which we are used to. We were exposed to these values because our ancestors taught these values bring the best possible life to us. The way we communicate, the food we eat, the things that we consider bad and good. But how we know these values are truly the best for us or you? There is the only way to find out and that is to live in a different countries.
Secondly, we are in college. There will not be a better time to travel and explore new people, culture, and countries than during college. This is the time to travel away for a semester or two semesters. After graduation the life will get only more serious and harder. People, family or bosses, will count and rely on you. We, as college students, will never have that much free time and independence like during studying undergraduate degree.
Thirdly, there are too many cool places to visit and see.
World has just way too many amazing places to offer that is not wise to centralized only to one or two countries. Especially, when we can not only just “visit” the country, but study there, learn their language, culture, and meet their people.
Simply, study abroad is an opportunity that students should not pass up.
Here are links for the organizations that work with Hope College to make studying abroad possible: