Study Abroad

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CALENDAR

March 9 - May 28, 2014

GREECE

 

March 16 - May 23, 2014

ASIA

Why Study Abroad?

 

"I’d like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around the world, by supporting opportunities to learn new languages ... and study. That’s always been a critical part of how America engages the world ... Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed."
President Barack Obama

 

“By studying foreign cultures and languages and living abroad, we gain a better understanding of the many similarities that we share and learn to respect our differences. …I call on … [students]… to participate in activities that increase their knowledge of and appreciation for global issues, languages, history, geography, literature, and the arts of other countries.”
President George W. Bush

 

 

Study abroad is one of the most rewarding education opportunities you can experience while in college. Students who study abroad return with a new view of the world, a view that helps them better understand the nature of differences but also the degree of sameness.  A view that also helps them look inside of themselves and better understand who they are and where do they want to take their lives. 

 

Grow Personally

Many students who have previously travelled to countries such as Taiwan, Greece or China had never stepped foot outside of the United States. They found that learning a new language, interacting with people from different cultures and seeing historical monuments and architecture changed them in ways they never imagined. The Journal of Studies in International Education reports that 96% have increased self-confidence, 97% feel more mature and 98% understand their own values more clearly.

 

Earn Credit

With proper planning, credits earned while studying abroad can fit into your requirements for graduation. Study abroad often qualifies for general studies requirements or may be used in support of many majors and minors. Consult with your academic advisor and your time in a foreign country could be well spent academically. 

 

Gain Cultural Competence

Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food, appearances, and personal habits. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way of life and the way that s/he views the world.   Students who experience cultural differences personally can come to truly understand where other cultures are coming from and even gain insight into their own.

 

Build Your Résumé

Did you know that less than 2% of U.S. undergraduate students ever experience a semester abroad?  And yet the world continues to become more globalized.  A study abroad experience tells future employers that you are worldly, confident and willing to try new things. Your experiences living, and studying abroad, and negotiating another culture will set you apart from the vast majority of other job applicants.

 

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