Your Brain on Study Abroad: The Experience Changes Lives, and Neurons, a Scholar Says

Ask anyone who has ever studied abroad about the experience, and they'll say it changed their life. Turns out, international study actually changes students' brains.

Going overseas, said Yuliya Kartoshkina, a doctoral student at the University of North Dakota, "rewires the brain."

The reason study abroad can pack such a neurological wallop is related to how memory works, said Ms. Kartoshkina, who is writing her dissertation on the subject.

As she explained to an