In my last missive to this learned publication, I considered the positive benefits of vacation or short-term work experience abroad for undergraduates of ocean and earth science. But what about the more complex “year abroad” study? The two main differences from vacation work are that (1) the time scale is longer and (2) it counts towards a student’s bachelor grade or master/PhD success. With vacation work, in the unlikely event things are not as a student hoped, he or she can either go home after a week or put it down to life experience. Even I can put up with a Days Inn for a week (well, maybe a day or two), but I wouldn’t want to live in one! With the work forming a significant part of the student’s degree program, it has to be right—academically and emotionally.