I have a cousin who is majoring in planning at my alma mater. His high school GPA and ACT scores were not high enough to get accepted into any program except planning. This next semester he is studying planning at a school for 4 months in Australia ($20K for barely a semester's worth of classes). He wants to go right into law school to learn corporate law.
Having interned throughout most of college, I think most study abroad programs in most career fields are nothing more than school sanctioned vacations. Unless you are planning on working abroad after school, I don't think they really help you out at all. If you want to travel the world, do it when you are done with the degree. Personally, "experience abroad" is pile of BS, and nothing prepares you better than good hands-on experience either working full time or interning.
How do you view study abroad programs?