There are a lot of good reasons why you should spend a semester overseas. One of the most popular places to spend a summer studying abroad today is Ireland. This country is unique because it is one of the countries that hasn’t been influenced by the Romans or barbarian Germanic tribes (i.e. the Visigoths, Vandals and Anglo-Saxons), nor has it been touched by Latin or Germanic influences. Therefore, Irish culture has been able to retain its Celtic basis.
One of the best reasons to study abroad is to learn a new language. Since Ireland’s new language isn’t English, most of them do speak it because Ireland has been occupied and dominated by the English for over 700 years now. Before this happened though, the dominant language was Gaelic. This language is still commonly spoken in some of the more remote areas of Ireland. Since 1921 Ireland has been independence of the English and the government has began trying to revive the Gaelic language. There are even Gaelic-language television and radio broadcasts, as well as road signs that are both in Gaelic and English. So, if you are interested in studying the Gaelic language, the best place to spend your semester overseas is in Ireland.
Similarities In Culture
Culture is another great reason to spend a semester overseas studying in Ireland. Since this country shares a lot in common with the United States, you won’t be in for such a big culture shock. After all, in the 1960s such bands as the Beatles, the Who and the Rolling Stones were rivaling the likes of Elvis and the Beach Boys. This is because there were a lot of Americans stationed there throughout World War II who brought a taste for England home with them.
Differences In Culture
Even with all of the similarities that there are, Ireland does differ from American culture in some very significant ways. Oftentimes you may not even notice these differences until you spend a semester overseas studying in Ireland. This is because only when you spend some time being immersed into this culture will you fully be able to experience and appreciate these differences.
Once you spend some time abroad you will be able to see your own country and culture differently. This will allow you to have a better understanding of global issues too. If you are considering a career in diplomacy, international relations, journalism or marketing, this can be very advantageous for you.