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What are the Top 5 Reasons Students Go Abroad?
There are countless things to experience around the world. You can find historical landmarks in every country that helped shape the history of the globe. You can enrich your experience of the world by actually being there, seeing it, touching it, and experiencing it. Pictures simply do not do justice to standing under the Eiffel Tower or on the Great Wall of China.
Is there a place you have always wanted to see? This is how you can understand the world in a direct, all-inclusive way.
Studying and living in a different culture will help you see the world from a completely different perspective. 95% of Students stated that it increased self-confidence*. Moreover, studying abroad will help you understand your own country in a whole new light. 98% of Students have reported that the study abroad experience helped them to better understand their own cultural values and biases*. It truly is an amazing experience that will change your life.
International experience is a critical and impressive part of any resume. You have the potential to grow and mature while abroad. An impressive 97% of Students reported that studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity*. If that was not enough, nearly all students who have studied abroad (96%*) have noticed an increase in their self-confidence.
In addition to the personal growth you’ll undergo while abroad, the international and cross-cultural skills you’ll develop will certainly expand your employment opportunities. Globally-minded employees are in high demand in this increasingly global marketplace. Many companies seek out individuals with multi-lingual and multi-cultural experience and skills. Your newly acquired skills will strengthen your resume in America’s increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse workforce.
Getting in touch with your family’s heritage can be another strong motivation to study abroad. Many students report tremendous educational and personal benefits from exploring countries where their families have roots.
Whether your family recently emigrated to the U.S. or has lived here for decades, and whether you are discovering your family’s culture for the first time or interested in learning more, studying abroad can provide you with an opportunity to learn about your ethnicity and to explore your identity.
The only way to truly become fluent in a language is to be immersed in it. If you've studied a language for several years and wish to gain fluency in that language, study abroad. 86% of Students said that studying abroad reinforced their commitment to foreign language study*.
Learning a foreign language will increase your educational development, improve your communication skills, and give you a world of opportunities you might not otherwise have. Knowing another language will help you to appreciate international literature, music and film, as well as to better understand the culture you live in. As you learn a different language, you will also come to know more of your own, as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said:
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.”
The relationships formed while studying abroad could become some of the deepest friendships you will ever develop. You will have the opportunity to meet people from many different backgrounds and cultures.
Study abroad returnees often report meeting others with whom they expected to have no common ground, and then discovering that, despite being from different parts of the globe, they have much in common and much to learn from one another. In fact, 94% of students stated that, even today, the experience continues to influence their interactions with people from different cultures*.
These relationships are a vital part of the study abroad experience. You'll network with fellow students, teachers, and professionals. Oftentimes, your best opportunities will come from who you know.
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