To be fair, we would like to point out the problems that can occur when you first study in Europe:
- In the USA you are only eligible to start in the sports leagues until you have completed 8 full-time semesters, whether in Europe or the USA. Every semester you study outside of the USA will be deducted from your eligibility, so you might lose the chance to finish your studies in the USA if your credits from Europe are not recognized. If you only want to spend one year abroad in the USA or Canada, this is of course no problem.
- The older you are, the less attractive you are to the coaches, as they would like to build you up over 4 years. With every semester that you are less eligible to compete, they lose the opportunity to develop you further.