The Harvard study abroad program may not be worth the cost.
The study abroad experience can be fun, but it isn’t the most productive way to get in-depth exposure to foreign cultures, said Harvard School of Public Health senior research scientist John G. Caffarelli, a co-author of a study that is expected to be published this summer.
While there are some benefits, Caffarrelli said, the experience is not enough to prepare you for the work you’re about to do in the country you’re studying in.
The cost of the Harvard study-abroad program, he said, is high.
The price tag is $6,000 for students and $4,000 to families.
That’s more than double the cost of any other Harvard undergraduate study abroad in the past decade.
The Harvard studyabroad experience is also expensive.
Cauly said it’s also a “very expensive” investment in terms of money and time.
And the cost is only for the first year of the program.
After that, students who choose to stay and work are likely to save money in the long run, said Gwen Bowers, a former Harvard undergraduate who now works as a senior policy analyst at the National Association of University Business Officers.
The program is a valuable educational tool, but students who don’t get the benefit of it are likely not going to use it to their advantage in the job market, she said.
It’s a difficult decision, Bowers said, because the benefits are “almost zero.”
The Harvard program does give students valuable hands-on experience.
But in the end, that doesn’t mean it’s worth it, she added.
The costs of the study abroad are also high, said John Gaffney, a Harvard professor of economics and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
It costs a lot of money to do that, and the experience can get pretty limited, he told CBS News.
You have to go to a university and learn how to be a lawyer, for instance, and then you can’t go out into the world and be a real expert.
So it’s really hard to get a real sense of what’s going on, he added.
But it’s not an investment you should make unless you’re an academic and want to make sure you have the best possible chance of making a career in academia, said Caffaro, the Harvard professor.
Caffaro’s research has shown that the U.S. economy benefits from having a large, well-educated workforce, he explained.
But he said that a student studying abroad at Harvard could end up making more money for the country by working there.