International experiences - especially long-term experiences such as a semester or year abroad - provide lasting benefits that shape an individuals life both personally and professionally. Beyond the obvious reasons to study abroad such as opportunities to see the world and experience other cultures, there are true benefits to those experiences.
Personal Growth: Develop New Perspectives
•Language aquisition or improvement.
• Understanding of your personal heritage.
• Understanding of your own culture and values.
• Increased independence and self reliance.
• Increase self confidence.
• Enhanced academic interest.
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Professional Growth: Develop Career Skills
• Develop leadership skills.
- • Advance your career.
- • Stand out amongst other graduates with skills that can only be gained through international experience.
- • Cross cultural communication.
- • Critical thinking and problem solving.
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Corporate Businessses Value Study Abroad Experience
"International education ignites a passion for understanding other people and their perspectives. That's one important benefit to working or studying abroad - and it's essential to success in our increasingly diverse world. Students with international exposure come to understand the value of dialogue between people from different cultures and between people with different points of view. They also gain an understanding of the importance of relationships. Relationships are the foundation for meaning and success in life. They are also the foundation for strong businesses, especially businesses that care about creating mutual benefit."
Douglass H. Daft
The Goverment Supports Students Studying Abroad
"Studying abroad isn't just an important part of a well-rounded educational experience. It's also becoming increasingly important for success in the modern global economy." - Michelle Obama, January 19, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke on the campus of Howard University on January 19, 2011 about the 100,00 Strong China Study Abroad Initiative. The initiative is a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China. The Chinese government has already committed 10,000 “Bridge Scholarships” for American students to study in China. The initiative also seeks to develop specific opportunities and funding sources for underrepresented students to study in China. Learn more.
Read why the U.S. Government thinks you should study abroad.