While studying abroad is something college students dream about, some schools offer two week courses abroad in either the winter or summer that give you a sample size of the complete experience individuals get in either a fall or spring semester.
I attend Bryant University, and they offer Sophomore International Experience (SIE), a roughly 2 week long trip that counts as a 3 credit course, giving the experience of a foreign culture, while also displaying the global environment of education. I have had countless friends who have gone on this trip, and almost all of them ended up studying abroad in their junior year. For many of my friends, it was their first time traveling outside the country, and was an eye opening experience for them, and was the reason they committed to going abroad for a full semester.
Even if you are not studying abroad, traveling outside of the country can provide new insights into the world that you have only heard of, but also new insights into yourself. StudentUniverse offers trips and cheap prices, so definitely check them out when booking the flight!